Quick and Nimble: Lessons from leading CEOs on how to create a culture of innovation

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Quick and Nimble: Lessons from leading CEOs on how to create a culture of innovation

Bryant believes that every leader faces the same challenge, regardless of their company’s size: How can companies foster a quick and nimble culture – with the enviable qualities of start-ups – even as they grow?

Drawing on interviews with more than 200 CEOs conducted for his New York Times column, Bryant has imagined himself as a dinner party host, introducing themes to each chapter, and then letting the CEOs share their lessons, insights and stories in their own words.

While no two leaders or organisations are the same, there are many similarities in their approach, and culture is always at the root of the success or failure. Each chapter offers insight into driving cultures, with many interesting stories including:

“Real innovation happens when all employees bring their best selves to work every day and freely share new ideas to help the team, knowing that they will be encouraged and rewarded for doing so”

Adam Bryant

Bryant tackles other interesting topics – from making sure everyone feels respected; not being afraid of difficult conversations when direct feedback on performance is needed; the hazards of email; and how to bring fun into the workplace.

Ultimately, he believes that creating a high performing culture where everyone wants to bring their best selves to work, is a secret weapon for CEOs looking to emerge as winners.


About the author Adam Bryant is a senior journalist and bestselling author. His regular New York Times column – Corner Office – began in 2009 and features leadership interviews with chief executives. Adam was formerly business editor at Newsweek magazine and won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. His first book, The Corner Office; Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed, was a New York Times bestseller. He also teaches “The Practice of Leadership,” course at Columbia University.


“In Quick and Nimble, Adam Bryant orchestrates discussion on the idea—and its practical application—that culture is not in ‘support’ of strategy; it is strategy. Bryant’s gift for asking incisive questions of remarkable people, and translating their insights into crisp and lucid prose, makes for joyful reading indeed—smart, provocative, and immensely useful!” Jim Collins, co-author of Built to Last and author of Good to Great

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Book Details

Author: Adam Bryant

ISBN: 978-0805097016