A Mountain of Hope

June 19, 2013
  • Bob Chapman
  • Bob Chapman
    CEO & Chairman of Barry-Wehmiller
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My heart is filled with hope for the future.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of spending a few days with eight other CEOs and senior executives of successful businesses across the country who gathered to talk about leadership.

The CEOs were selected by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) as great examples of leaders who practice people-centric leadership coupled with enterprise excellence.

Changemakers22From L to R: Dan Ariens (Ariens Co.), Guardie Banister, Jr. (Aera Energy), Tom Hance (Lincoln Industries), Tim Sullivan (Barry-Wehmiller), Laura Roberts (Pantheon Enterprises), Fred Keller (Cascade Engineering), George Saiz (MicroAire Surgical Instruments), Partha Kundu (Starbucks), Bob Chapman (Barry-Wehmiller)

In partnership with the AME, we invited these impressive individuals to our conference facilities in Aspen, CO to explore what great leadership looks like, how it is fostered in their organizations, and how we might inspire other business leaders to realize the power of people-centric leadership.

In other words, we hope to create a world where everyone matters.

With the magnificent Rockies providing a metaphor for the hurdle that lies before us, we were inspired to establish this statement of purpose:

We believe…

  • Leadership carries the fundamental responsibility for the stewardship of the lives entrusted to us.
  • Stewardship of people and business success are a virtuous cycle.
  • Business has the power to become the most powerful positive force for enriching lives and communities.

The ideas that resulted from our rousing dialogue marked the beginnings of a movement to change the way business leaders approach their responsibility to those within their sphere of influence. 

It was profoundly meaningful to me that a group of CEOs responded to a call to determine a way to move the world in a direction of genuinely caring about each other.

After hearing about the actions and initiatives within their own companies, it is apparent these leaders are ideally suited and thoroughly inspired to join me on this journey. I’ll share with you the great things their companies are doing in future blog posts.

In the meantime, I remain hopeful and ready. The mountain awaits us.


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