“O” Book Club: Quick and Nimble by Adam Bryant


Title: Quick and Nimble

Author: Adam Bryant

Overview: As we heard at the 2017 Outsourcing World Summit, the pace of change is increasing. Disruptive technologies, changing world economics and altering demographics is going to impact all businesses in a way that has not been seen before. It is at this time, businesses have to be innovative and facile in how they react to these changes – before changes affect them. Creating a culture of change and innovation is a key to this success and this book directly addresses that. It details, with examples, how leading companies create this environment and what leaders do in those businesses to promote the new culture. One of my recent presentations to an audience used many of these concepts in helping them understand what steps they need to take to affect this change.



“Businesses have always needed to be nimble and change as the market and environment changed around them. However, that pace of change has accelerated to a point where without an embedded culture of change and innovation, businesses will not be able to react fast enough. Outsourcing world is and will be impacted directly and in some cases, may even lead the change and help their customers become more quick and nimble. Read this book and internalize the message and learn from examples of hundreds of leaders who are leading this change.”
          – Jag Dalal, COP, Chief Advisor, Thought Leadership, IAOP

“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: Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Book Topics:

The book is divided into two parts:
1. Setting the Foundation: where the author addresses what creates and keeps culture in an organization.
2. Taking leadership to the next level: provides a detailed prescription on how to create that culture and uses interviews and discussions with leaders and CEOs who have taken those steps.

Available formats: Print and digital versions.


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“In Quick and Nimble, Adam Bryant unlocks the secrets to creating and sustaining a culture of innovation, leadership. Bryant has translated his in-depth interviews with innovative leaders into lessons on how to build a creating, open and ultimately innovative culture that will enable every organization to thrive and grow.”
– Bill George: Professor, Harvard Business School and Former Chair and CEO, Medtronic