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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Bryant Narrator: Jeff Gurner Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781427236241
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More than two hundred CEOs reveal their candid insights on how to build and foster a corporate culture that encourages innovation and drives results

In Quick and Nimble, Adam Bryant draws on interviews with more than two hundred CEOs to offer business leaders the wisdom and guidance to move an organization faster, to be quick and nimble, and to rekindle the whatever-it-takes collective spark of a start-up, all with the goal of innovating and thriving in a relentlessly challenging global economy. By analyzing the lessons that these leaders have shared in his regular “Corner Office” feature in the New York Times, Bryant has identified the biggest drivers of corporate culture, bringing them to life with real-world examples that reflect this hard-earned wisdom. 

These men and women—whose ranks include Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Angie Hicks of Angie’s List, Steve Case of Revolution (and formerly AOL), and Amy Gutmann of the University of Pennsylvania—offer useful insights and strategies for creating a corporate culture of innovation and building a high-performing organization that unleashes the passion and energy of its employees. 

As the world shifts to more of a knowledge economy, the winners will be companies that can attract and retain the best and brightest employees by creating an environment where they can grow, contribute, and feel rewarded. Through the wisdom of these leading chief executives, Quick and Nimble offers a keen understanding of the forces that shape corporate culture and a clear road map to bring success and energy to any organization.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of Great by Choice

  • Quick and Nimble is the definitive book on organizational culture. Adam Bryant offers an expert guided tour through the minds of the world’s most innovative CEOs, sharing insights that are both enlightening and immensely practical. This is a book that every leader needs to read—and reread.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

  • “Adam Bryant identifies the most important challenge facing business leaders today: how to achieve innovation at scale by building a culture that will marry the energy of a start-up with the discipline of a veteran organization. In Quick and Nimble, he has assembled an all-star team of CEOs to share—in their own words—how they have taken their companies to the next level.”

    Eric Ries, New York Times bestselling author of Lean Startup

  • “A ‘must read’ for any leader serious about the company he or she is building and the difference it makes in the world.”

    Nancy F. Koehn, James Robison Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

  • “In Quick and Nimble, Adam Bryant unlocks the secret to creating and sustaining a culture of innovation: leadership. Bryant has translated his in-depth interviews with innovation leaders into lessons on how to build a creative, open, and ultimately innovative culture that will enable every organization to thrive and grow.”

    Bill George, professor, Harvard Business School

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About the Author

Adam Bryant, the senior editor for features at the New York Times, has been a journalist for more than two decades. He was a business reporter for the New York Times during the 1990s, covering a variety of industries and topics, including airlines, aviation safety, executive compensation, and corporate governance. He joined Newsweek in 1999 as a senior writer, and was promoted to business editor. After six years at Newsweek, he returned to the Times as an editor in the business section, where he oversaw coverage of the collapse of the Detroit auto industry, among other stories. 

About the Narrator

Jeff Gurner created the title role in the American premiere of A Prayer for Owen Meany at Playmakers Rep. He has appeared in productions on and off Broadway such as The Lion King, Five Course Love, The London Cuckolds, and Harrigan & Hart. His film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, and Hey Joel!, an animated series for VHI.