People Before Things
Change Isn't an End-User Problem
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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.
Essential reading for driving success in all things change and a thought foundation for leadership
Chris Laping has found a voice for his many years of experience in his book, People Before Things. In a conversational journey with vivid stories, Chris walks us through change management - all of the skills and techniques that are essential to success, but rarely taught or discussed.
From Enabling People for Change to Activating People for Change, Chris brings a welcome focus on the people of an organization. By focusing on the people instead of the things, Chris opens a door to success that doesn't require spending of money...instead, the makings of success are available to every person in every pursuit (don't think this is limited to IT because of Mr. Laping's CIO background!). I can't think of a person or organization that won't benefit from the wisdom Chris shares.
I think it is worth pointing out that the wisdom shared in this book is useful outside of change management - after all People are at the center of everything we do. Any time we put People first, we are setting the stage for success.
I consider this to be essential reading for anyone facing change (isn't that everyone?!), from an individual contributor on up through project managers and leadership - including the ranks of the CxO.
People Before Things
Reading Chris' book was timely and gave me great insight into where we were in our change leadership initiative. I work for a Fortune 500 company. In our quarterly initiative review with executive management, we used his phases of adoption to illustrate where we were with sub-initiatives and requested executive ownership and participation - not just sponsorship. The feedback was resoundingly positive and we're more clear on status, direction and next steps. It's an engaging and quick read that delivers invaluable insight into the complexities around change leadership. Kudos!