People Before Things
By Chris Laping
Why do some organizations succeed at delivering technology change and others don't? Quite simply, their leaders put people before things. Explore the head-slapping, intuitive conditions needed to enable and activate change. The motivation behind this book? Something is not working! Gallup reports the US economy loses $50-150 billion a year due to failed IT projects, and 70% of all change initiatives fail. Intended for executives, project managers, and grassroots influencers alike, People Before Things helps leaders become CHANGE leaders.
Having followed Chris' work over many years, I'm delighted to see that he's captured his insights on change leadership in this wonderful book. He's a truly inspired executive who lays out key principles in compelling, memorable stories. Read this book and buy it for your entire team to kickstart and align your change efforts.
Charlene Li, Author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership, The Engaged Leader, and Principal Analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet company
Chris Laping is one of the most engaging CIO orators I have encountered in my career. He now ranks among the most compelling CIO authors, as well. Chris' ability to paint word pictures translates perfectly from the stage to the page. His colorful and amusing anecdotes illustrate the importance of putting People Before Things, driving successful change through the enablement and activation of those chiefly responsible for making it happen.
Bill Schlough, SVP & Chief Information Officer, San Francisco Giants
Any business or technology leader leaning into the winds of change will find sustaining value in the advice and ideas shared by Chris Laping in People Before Things. Throughout this highly readable book (which feels like a conversation with a wise and witty CIO), Chris applies his fresh-from-the-front-lines perspective to the stodgy topic of change management.
Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief, CIO Events, IDG Enterprise
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