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
It's wonderfully refreshing to see a former tech executive reminding other business leaders about putting the needs of team members first. If change and innovation is in your company's agenda, People Before Things is a must read! --Marc Effron, President, The Talent Strategy Group and Author, One Page Talent Management
The art of human connection in the workplace has become increasingly lost. Chris provides a powerful approach for engaging teams in disruptive change! --Debra Fine, Keynote Speaker & Bestselling Author of The Fine Art of Small Talk
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
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
About the Author
Chris Laping brings more than 25 years of information technology and business transformation experience to his newly written book on change leadership, People Before Things. Chris enjoyed 14 years as a Chief Information Officer across three different brands and the work of his teams has been spotlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, and CIO Magazine among others. His book explores the connection of the human experience to the outcomes of change and transformation initiatives and the role leaders play to pave success. Most recently, Chris was the Senior Vice President, Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, where he was part of a management team that completed a successful turnaround of an $8 stock to $89. Chris has received several awards for his work in the IT industry including being named as a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader. He has also received three InfoWorld 100 awards, InformationWeek's Social Business Technology Leader award and The Economist's Top 5 Social Business Leader. The work of his teams has been spotlighted in three books: The Engaged Leader, Mobile Mind Shift, and Implementing World Class IT. Chris is originally from Jacksonville, FL. He received a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems at Florida State University and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Florida.