Everybody Matters Podcast: Dr. Ken Druck

Dr. Ken Druck has been a trusted advisor through the years, personally, and also to the leadership of Barry-Wehmiller during some of our tough times.

After the loss of his daughter, Ken decided to dedicate himself to helping others find their way through grief. He founded the Jenna Druck Center in his daughter’s honor and went on to be a source of hope to families affected by the tragedies of 9-11, Columbine, Katrina and Sandy Hook.

We recently invited Ken to Barry-Wehmiller corporate headquarters in St. Louis as part of our Leadership Speaker Series. Here’s an amazing quote that speaks to the heart of his message:

“Compassion is your pain in my heart. Compassion is also your joy in my heart. But it’s a willingness on all of our parts to stand in a moment of what the other person might be feeling, what they might be experiencing, what they might be going through.”

We at Barry-Wehmiller often talk about how listening is key to helping people feel valued, but that must be accompanied by empathy and compassion.

In his talk, Ken spoke not only about how he processed his own grief, but he also talked about how to be a good friend and encourage those who are experiencing grief. All of this conversation was a part of a bigger message about how we can have more compassionate workplaces.

On this week’s Everybody Matters Podcast, we’re featuring a portion of Ken’s recent talk in St. Louis as food for thought to examine how we can be more compassionate to others around us and create spaces of empathy to help others know that they matter.

The Everybody Matters podcast is available for free on iTunes where you can easily download it straight to your computer or mobile device. We encourage you to subscribe to the Everybody Matters podcast on iTunes so you won’t miss an episode. If you don’t have access to iTunes, you can download the podcast here or listen straight from the player below:

Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.


  • Ganesan Gopal says:

    Thank you for sharing. I was about to skip the podcast but listened to it and learnt a lot. Strongly recommend it to all. Makes total sense. It is a heavy subject by all means.

  • Jane says:

    We have a choice. Seeking the paradox of reality is to appreciate ‘both and’. Thank you for this profound podcast with Ken Druck inspiring us to understand compassion at a deep level. Inspiring us to consider 5 ways of processing what we may have lost and to acknowledge how we can support one another during these times – it is part of life’s journey. BW continues to role model how much it cares for others both inside and outside the organisation.

  • david bragg says:

    Bob, thank you for sharing this podcast with us today. Very uplifting.
    What I am most proud of with Barry Wehmiller is that three years ago when my wife passed away, it was the BW family that gave me strength and comfort. Six months later when my oldest son passed away, again, it was the ‘family’ of Barry Wehmiller that provided a level of comfort I needed. I didn’t know what I needed but my family did.
    I am a very honored and proud man. The love and compassion that comes from this Firm is outstanding. Thank you for creating a Company in which we are cared for, in so many ways.

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