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Quick and Nimble

A new book by Adam Bryant

It started with a simple insight. Though the business press has for decades interviewed CEOs as strategists—asking them about their growth plans and the competitive landscape - that is only a small part of a CEO's job. Their true 24/7 role is to lead and manage, build a team, create a sense of mission and foster a high-performing culture.

But how do they do that? And how did they learn to do that? With simple open-ended questions like these, Adam started interviewing CEOs and other leaders in 2009, and launched Corner Office in The New York Times. The feature quickly developed a loyal following of readers, who turn to Corner Office twice a week for insights, takeaways and broader life lessons.

Based on the rich patterns and themes that emerged from his hundreds of interviews, Adam has written two books. His latest, Quick and Nimble; Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation, provides a playbook for organizations of all sizes about the biggest drivers of an effective corporate culture. His first, The Corner Office; Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed, was a New York Times bestseller, and answered a fundamental question about CEOs: what qualities do they have that explain why they were promoted over others, all the way to the corner office?

Adam's work is widely used in college and university classrooms, and many professors have told him that his interviews and books add a more human dimension to theories and concepts of leadership. Adam is a popular speaker on campuses, and also teaches a course of his own, "The Practice of Leadership," at Columbia University.


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