A Company that Builds People First and Machines Second

Photo Courtesy: scui3asteveo Bob Chapman is not your typical leader.  Take, for example, the mission of Barry-Wehmiller, the $1.5 billion company where Bob is Chairman and CEO: We build great people who do extraordinary things. You might be confused if someone told you that Barry-Wehmiller builds capital equipment and delivers consulting services, because what Bob will tell[…]

3 Videos to Inspire Your Resolutions

Even if you haven’t created a formal list of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s likely you’re thinking of things you’d like to do differently in 2013. Feeling successful, communicating effectively and creating meaningful relationships are at the core of our lives at work and at home. As such, there is always room for improvement in these[…]

Looking for Success in 2013? Acknowledge Your Employee Efforts Now

Recognize and acknowledge good work wherever you find it…As a Grateful Leader, your gratitude and appreciation motivate and inspire [employees] to go beyond what they perceive as their limits. They will want to give you their best performance and give whatever it takes. – Judith W. Umlas In Judith Umlas’ book, Grateful Leadership: Using the[…]

3 Tips for Creating a Sense of Tribe

In Seth Godin’s book Tribes he says: “Human beings can’t help it: we need to belong.” While this may appear to be a simple statement, the implications of creating a sense of belonging to a tribe can have a huge impact on a leaders’ success. One tribe with one purpose can get amazing work done.[…]

Do Employees Know Your Expectations?

“I know what is expected of me at work.” This statement is the first of twelve covered in The 12 Elements of Great Managing, a book based on research from 10 million employee and manager interviews conducted by Gallup. The research showed that one of a manager’s most important roles is to help employees know[…]

What We can Learn from the Olympics

We watch the Olympics and are fascinated by the athletes who have devoted years to practicing and improving their abilities. We marvel at the parents, coaches, teachers and mentors who have helped them get to the pinnacle of their athletic careers. How can we take that wonder and demonstrate the same respect in our everyday[…]

Slow Down to Speed Up

Your cell phone rings. Your laptop alerts you that you have a new email just as you login to participate in an online meeting, while eating a sandwich you purchased from the shop down the street about three hours ago. Does this sound like a typical day during your week? If so, you’re not alone.[…]

4 Ways to Drive Innovation

Innovation isn’t just about creating new products or developing a new design. Innovation also plays a key role in employee engagement, customer satisfaction and company success. Here are five things you can do to drive innovation in your organization. 1. Encourage Story Telling. Employees that are more engaged are also more innovative. So, how can[…]

Employee Engagement: More Than a 9 to 5 Job

Although it’s more than 30 years old, the movie 9 to 5 is still ranked the 20th highest-grossing comedy film of all time. It’s no surprise why: the storyline resonates with anyone who has ever been dissatisfied at work. Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton inspire even the most disgruntled among us with their[…]