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6/4/2018 10:20:00 AM
COMMENTARY: Changing work culture a mission at Lippert Industries in Elkhart
Lippert Components CEO Jason Lippert speaks during a press event for Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative in this August 2017 file photo, inside Lippert Components in Elkhart. Behind him are Teresa Lubbers, commissioner of the Indiana Commission on Higher Education, and Gov. Eric Holcomb. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
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Lippert Components CEO Jason Lippert speaks during a press event for Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative in this August 2017 file photo, inside Lippert Components in Elkhart. Behind him are Teresa Lubbers, commissioner of the Indiana Commission on Higher Education, and Gov. Eric Holcomb. Staff photo by Robert Franklin

Marshall V. King, South Bend Tribune Freelance Writer

ELKHART — It started with a prayer and then a TED Talk.

Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components Inc., was hearing that his company was successful. It had 20 percent growth year over year. It was making money. He thought there had to be more and was praying about what that may be.

“Out of the blue, I got a TED Talk called ‘Truly Human Leadership’ by Bob Chapman.”

That was September 2016.

He decided that the company he’d led since 2003 needed to care about its people. Lippert had a reputation of driving employees hard and not paying well. It had 110 percent annual turnover, meaning there was constant churn.

By October, Lippert was going to every plant to apologize. He stood in front of the people he now calls team members and leaders, rather than employees and people working on the floor.

“We started with apologizing two years ago,” he explained. “Now we’re into some really cool leadership stuff.”

• The company preaches five core values:

• Passionate about winning

• Team play with trust

• Honesty Integrity Candor

• Caring about people

•  Positive attitude

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