Brian Klapper is the President and Founding Partner of The Klapper Institute. He is an internationally recognized expert in transformational change, working with a variety of global companies. With The Q-Loop, Brian hopes to help companies make a lasting, transformational change.
What inspired you to write The Q-Loop?
Despite the fact that there are thousands of theoretical books on creating change within an organization, 70 percent of all efforts to do so fail. There are great ideas from those books, but there is not a single practical, hands-on, step-by-step field guide that a company or organization can use to make change successful. So I thought, we need to have one!
The Q-Loop stands apart because it is interactive. Readers become participants; there are surveys, queries, thought questions, and specific approaches to generate the level of change you want to achieve. It really takes the 25 years that I’ve been doing this and making my clients successful to convey how to do this. I wanted to make what I do available to everyone.
What has been your favorite part of the writing and publishing process?
It was really rewarding to take my 25 years of experience, working with dozens of clients to help achieve their vision, and to consolidate them into a book. The book is a journey of my professional life on paper, and creating that was a cathartic and enjoyable experience.
Were there any unexpected challenges in writing the book?
There were a few tough questions I faced in the writing process: What is the most efficient, practical way to take an idea and make it into an action that a reader can use to get concrete results? And how can I do this when I’m not standing right in front of them? I am used to communicating face to face and getting immediate feedback. But that’s not the case when you’re instructing through the pages of a book. I had to step back and think from the readers’ perspective about how to make this guide not only practical and useful, but also enjoyable and valuable.
If you could do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
No, the whole process was extremely rewarding and enjoyable. Working with Erika and Jill was a delight. They gave me a tremendous amount of freedom to write the book I wanted to write. I didn’t feel in any way restricted or limited.
What’s next for you? Career-related goals? More books in your future?
I would definitely be interested in writing a companion book to The Q-Loop. It was a lot of fun. We’ve had great success with the company and I would like to share that with others. I believe that there is an approach to solving an age-old problem. Change is so difficult but it can be overcome. There is a formula to achieving success in an area that’s been littered with failure, and that’s something I hope to convey to readers.