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

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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-take
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Times Books
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Brynne Schweigel
This was generally an interesting collection of insights into the minds of America’s corporate elite. The low rating in this case comes from the lack of insight outside the C-suite. How did the people who report to these suits feel about the leadership practices? Did they actually improve culture from everyone’s perspective? Or did it just seem like culture improved to the executives? There are good lessons in here, I’m sure of it, but they’re hard to discern when the perspectives are so similar ...more
David
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book on general management, but unfortunately very little to do with 'innovation'. Stories/wisdom from CEOs that are mix of self congratulation and management 101 with little insight. The author completely missed the lesson learned during great recession - management by fear (of mass lay off) for employees and by greed for executive ranks works better then anything. No other management technique compares. ...more
MissUnderstoodGenius
Adam Bryant offers a collection of interesting tips generated as a product of numerous conversations author had with more than 200 company directors...what indeed resembles "a dinner party conversation with a large group of CEOs.

Most of the expert's advice is nothing but platitudes. If you like to read a lot of ideas and pick out the ones you like for further thought, this book might work for you. Overall, a quick read that has some insights sprinkled throughout the book.
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Heather
Corporate C-suite focused but some universal lessons and advice on team building, innovation, and management from successful executives.
Mark Nenadov
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, leadership
A helpful read. A lot of good, practical snippets about leadership from a good variety of CEOs.
Lisa
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of organizational self-help books, and this one is really good. Many specific examples that can be applied rather than only high-level talk and philosophy. That's my kind of book. ...more
Kathleen
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this book. I highly recommend it. If you work or manage or own a company - public or private - you will love this book.
Strick
Jul 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mallory Reader
Required reading for work.
Uwe Hook
“Quick and Nimble” written by Adam Bryant is collection of interesting tips generated as a product of numerous conversations author had with more than 200 company directors.

The book provides many useful advices for any business owner or executive in terms of attracting quality people who will in turn result in work well done and your satisfaction.
Bryant offers help and guidance how to move your organization faster, or in his words “how to be quick and nimble”, how to be innovative and supportive
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Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"“Quick and Nimble"” written by Adam Bryant is collection of interesting tips generated as a product of numerous conversations author had with more than 200 company directors.

The book provides many useful advices for any business owner or executive in terms of attracting quality people who will in turn result in work well done and your satisfaction.
Bryant offers help and guidance how to move your organization faster, or in his words "“how to be quick and nimble"”, how to be innovative and suppor
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Chris
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though this book was written with an nod toward tech companies and start ups, there was a great deal I found to be useful in my current pursuits. Quick and nimble seem like words that are counter to the dynamics I find. The core of this book focuses on the culture of an organization and reflects on what we, as leaders are doing to address he formation of the culture, or if we are ignoring it and allowing it to form on its own. Too often we allow the culture to grow organically, then get frustrat ...more
Ryan Mccreery
I really should stop reading leadership books, no matter who recommends them to me. This is a quick, easy read with lots of real life examples from many leaders in the business world about their successes (and a few failures, which are far more interesting).

I took away two main points from this book. First, there is surprisingly little diversity in leadership, or at least among the leaders selected for this book. Second, there's even less diversity in problem-solving or strategy among business
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Jane
Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation was an insightful book about how the corporate world works to attract the best employees. Some of the ideas were things that would be expected and some were slight surprises but all were interesting; one thing is for sure, they would help any business executive to make better decisions and do a better job.

I want to thank the author and Goodreads First Reads giveaway program for the copy of Quick & Nimble: Lesson
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Nathan Brant
I picked this up and put it down several times. It's not necessarily a reflection on the book's content.

With interviews from more than 200 CEOs, Adam Bryant discusses culture-setting and next-level leadership. While this book is not a hard read, and the anecdotes from CEOs are certainly engaging, it will difficult to identify the themes that tied it all together. Broadly, it was about culture and innovation, but (for me), it lacked a building narrative or central idea that moved the reader from
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Tristan
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. i especially liked how it was told, essentially letting the CEOs do all the talking while the author guided the discussion & connected key points. Very valuable information on how to run a big company like a small start up. A lot of the points seem almost 'duh' obvious, but i think thats natural. Just like a great invention seems obvious after invented and a hiding spot is always right under your nose. ...more
Terrell Solano
I got a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in return for a honest review.

While I find that there is a lot of information regarding start-ups I found it difficult to apply to a small business. If you are looking to start a larger company and have no management classes under your belt, this book would be great.
Andrew
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book for anyone that is looking at how to influence the culture of their company. Lots of great insights from a variety of leaders. This is a book I will probably read again in a few years.
Michael
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This had some great advice in it, particularly the last 1/3rd of the book. It felt like the first 1/2 was just so-so, but I persevered and then he hit his stride. I particularly like his quote "vision without execution is an hallucination". Funny, but true. ...more
John Anderson
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
This was a disjointed mess. A collection of quotes from CEO 's of some companies that I would question why you would want to follow what they do? Really a rehash of other, better business books. Pass.
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Elisabeth
Jan 05, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rad_man
referred in Adam Grant's list "The 12 Business Books to Read in 2014": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-gr... ...more
Johannes
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-books
This was a good book full of practicle ideas for maintaining change....I will revisit.
Jeff Parenti
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These ideas won't all work in every organization, but there is excellent wisdom here from dozens of CEOs of companies of all sizes. Worth a look from anyone in a management position . ...more
Mindy
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this book. I highly recommend it. If you work or manage or own a company - public or private - you will love this book.
hemlet kiai
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mylibrary
Inspiring
John Meyer
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started 1DG goals thanks to this book.
Chris
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started strong, but finished not as well...
Chirag Sangoi
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read and perfectly crafted by Adam Bryant on the insights of the corporate world
Jen Jen
What I read, I enjoyed. I received this as a goodreads giveaway. But then life spun out of control. It's hard for me to finish print books anymore. :( Someday I hope to finish it. I'm very sorry Mr. Bryant for not being able to finish it! ...more
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Adam Bryant, the deputy national editor of 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. Afte ...more

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