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Quick and Nimble : Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation
by Adam Bryant


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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 workplace, all with the goal of innovating and thriving in a relentlessly challenging global economy.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 workplace, 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 leadership, recruiting, and the forces that shape corporate culture and a clear road map to bring success and energy to any organization."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805097016
  • ISBN-10: 0805097015
  • Publisher: Times Books
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 264


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Books > Business & Economics > Workplace Culture
Books > Business & Economics > Organizational Development
Books > Business & Economics > Leadership

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

New York Times columnist Bryant (The Corner Office) interviewed more than 200 CEOs and other executives between March 2009 and May 2013 to answer this question: “How can a company foster a quick and nimble culture—with the enviable qualities of many start-ups—even as it grows?” Leaders such as the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, the CEO of JetBlue, chef Mario Batali, and the CEO of FourSquare provide thoughts on leadership, management, and innovation. Bryant has mined the interviews, hoping to provide practical tips to help companies move more like tech firms than like stodgy blue-chip companies. He breaks down the important elements of a successful corporate culture, and then describes the leadership strategies to build on it. Much of his focus is on culture, and the importance of building and retaining great teams; he then lets the interviewees speak to topics such as goals and strategies, values, constant learning, and most importantly, having fun. Though the big names lend the book a certain flair, there’s not much new or inspiring content here; the book does better when describing more whimsical lessons—one manager’s “user manual of me” or another’s “lightbulb or a gun” dichotomy. Unfortunately, the same information can be found elsewhere. (Jan.)

 
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