Podcast: Shawn Murphy and the Optimistic Workplace

October 13, 2015
  • Bob Chapman
  • Bob Chapman
    CEO & Chairman of Barry-Wehmiller
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Shawn Murphy writes a lot like how we think at Barry-Wehmiller. Here’s an example:

“Today, leaders need to recognize the impact work has on peoples’ overall life satisfaction. It is an antiquated belief that leaders should focus solely on the professional side of team members’ lives. Work needs to be a positive influence, given that it consumes much of our waking time. The work we do and how we feel about it shapes our identity. Leaders have a responsibility to help their teams understand the importance of their work.

“Workplace optimism is not a touchy-feely organizational theory that ignores the need for profitability or the downsides of work life. Workplaces flourish because a team’s good work yields superior business outcomes. The work experience is transformed by the motivating nature of optimism.”

Shawn, this week’s guest on the Everybody Matters podcast, writes frequently on topics just like this for Switch and Shift, where he is co-founder and CEO. But the above passage is from his new book, The Optimistic Workplace. We at Barry-Wehmiller were honored to be featured in Shawn’s book and we appreciate him helping us to spread our message of Truly Human Leadership.



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