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The Power

To Transform

A Field Guide to Building a Human-Centered, Tech-Enabled Work Culture


The Power to Transform: A Field Guide to Building a Human-Centered, Tech-Enabled Work Culture tells the story of how NetApp embraced the future by understanding one thing: that to transform its business, it had to transform its culture—at the speed of cloud.

By incorporating best HR practices and cutting-edge tech—pivoting early to hybrid, incorporating AI, democratizing the career development process and embracing the direct connection between well-being and the bottom line—NetApp’s HR team has built a 22nd century mold leaders of all stripes can easily follow.

The author’s aim? “I want to make this SUPER EASY for people.” Told from the perspective of one of its chief architects, Larry McAlister (a seasoned public speaker and three-time corporate CHRO) outlines the basic steps of this “inside job” so others can do the same—lead their own version of a tech-enabled, human-centered business culture transformation.


"This is the rare book that is able to help everyone understand how to be both human-centered and strategic. It creates a blueprint for how to create sustained cultural transformation that every leader should read."

Aaron Hurst, Founder of Imperative

"Perhaps there is no greater challenge facing organizations than leadership in the digital age. This is an essential guide for people leaders who want practical advice to create a business and culture that values both innovation and collaboration."

Jennifer DoleDirector and Principal Analyst at 3Sixty Insights


Larry McAlister

Founder of The Corporate Humanist Consultancy

Three-time Head of Human Resources, Larry McAlister is distinguished as a career-long innovator and natural-born leader in the HR space. Most recently serving as VP of Global Talent at NetApp and named in the Top 50 Human Resources Professional Awards (OnConferences, 2021), Larry is consistently sought after to bring transformation and thought leadership—including evolving HR itself, as needed.

Having led HR and Talent at five tech-focused, fast-growing, including three Bay Area Fortune 500 companies—each with at least $1B in global revenue and at least 3,000 – 12,000 employees worldwide—his current passion is to bring decades of change management insights to growth-minded business leaders at this pivotal point in career management and leadership development history. Individual companies, such as at NetApp, are now well-poised to build their own internal talent marketplaces while ensuring the people and business strategies are in good alignment.

Larry currently runs the Corporate Humanist Consultancy (CHC): advising on tech-based products-in-development and helping CHROs and growth-minded leaders build cohesive (and transformative) talent strategies, coupled with HR technology, to drive transformation.

He served as product advisor for three HR Tech companies. With resilience and curiosity, there’s nothing that can’t be accomplished together. You’ve got this. He lives in Northern California his wife, and two adult children nearby.

Lisa Fitzpatrick

Author (Non-fiction) | Ghostwriter | Executive Editor

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a published author (the original Art of James Cameron’s AVATAR, The Making of AVATAR, Men in Black Films), book packager (CLINT EASTWOOD: Master Filmmaker at Work) and ghostwriter.

As both a senior acquisitions and managing editor, she’s had over twenty years of experience in mainstream book publishing. Clients include Warner Bros (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD), Abrams Books, and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment (AVATAR2+ film series bible).

A member of the Author’s Guild and veteran of both Stanford’s Publishing Course for Professionals and the University of Chicago (Editing Certificate), she has developed and edited hundreds of titles for the trade in long form prescriptive and narrative nonfiction—and worked directly with dozens of celebrated artists, entrepreneurs, educators and tech futurists.

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