Adam Bryant

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Adam Bryant is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed. He writes the popular “Corner Office” feature in The New York Times’s business section and has served as the newspaper’s senior editor for features, deputy national editor, and deputy business editor. He was previously a senior writer and business editor at Newsweek. He and his family live in New York City.



  • Adam Bryant interviewed on CNBC's Squawk Box

    Adam Bryant discusses 'Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation' on CNBC's Squawk Box.

  • Adam Bryant interviewed on Morning Joe

    Adam Bryant discusses 'Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation' on Morning Joe.




Q & A

Where are you from?
Montreal, Canada.

Who are your favorite writers?
Nathaniel Philbrick, David Brooks, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Running, cooking, kayaking, windsurfing.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
“Edit the person, not the words.” It’s an expression I heard from my father, who was an editor for many years until he retired. The expression is a good reminder to focus on the person, not the actual work, first and foremost, because that will help inspire them to do their best work.

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Q. “What surprised you most about all the CEO’s you’ve interviewed?” 
A. How passionate and curious many of them are, and that they seem to be exceptionally quick studies of people and subjects. They are also very smart about interview questions, and how to ask people questions that get them off their rehearsed scripts.

Where do you write?
Mostly in my basement – the writing cave, as I call it.



Quick and Nimble

Adam Bryant

More than two hundred CEOs reveal their candid insights on how to build and foster a corporate culture that encourages innovation and drives resultsIn Quick and Nimble, Adam...


The Corner Office

Adam Bryant

Dozens of top CEOs reveal their candid insights on the keys to effective leadership and the qualities that set high performers apartWhat does it take to reach the top in business and...