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Adam Bryant

How do America’s most innovative CEOs lead? Find out—from more than 600 of them.

Decade-Long Author of The Corner Office Column in The New York Times | Managing Director, Merryck & Co.

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Adam Bryant | Decade-Long Author of The Corner Office Column in The New York Times | Managing Director, Merryck & Co.
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The challenges of leadership are uniquely and enormously difficult—the isolation and responsibility; the second guessing and criticism, particularly now as the speed of disruption quickens. But ADAM BRYANT, a veteran New York Times editor and columnist who is now a managing director at the executive mentoring firm Merryck & Co., is uniquely qualified to help us navigate leadership’s toughest challenges. Having interviewed more than 600 CEOs, Bryant’s new book The CEO Test offers razor-sharp distillations on leadership from the world’s best innovators. 

“Far too many leadership books rely on the knowledge of consultants or on years-old stories to build their case; [Quick and Nimble] gets its ideas from the people actually running companies today.”

The Washington Post

Adam Bryant is the creator of the widely read “Corner Office” series in The New York Times, where he interviewed hundreds of C-Suite executives about everything from how they build their teams, to how they create a sense of mission and stay motivated. In his latest book, The CEO Test: Master the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders, Bryant teams up with Kevin Sharer—the former CEO of biotech giant Amgen, and a sought-after mentor to CEOs worldwide—to write an intensely practical guide to leadership. Combining the breadth and depth of their experience, Bryant and Sharer focus on the seven key challenges that determine why leaders succeed or fail: from handling a crisis, to mastering conflicting demands, to creating a culture that is genuine and meaningful. The CEO Test simplifies the complex and sprawling field of leadership to create a shared language of what truly matters for leaders at all levels, and provide a clear roadmap for succeeding in these critical challenges.
As a speaker, Bryant shares the key themes and patterns that emerge from his books and his interviews in The Times and on LinkedIn, where more than 150,000 subscribers follow his series, and shares those themes through memorable stories, compelling quotes, and instantly useful tools that all managers can put to work with their own teams. Bryant, a veteran presenter, earns consistently glowing reviews from audiences, who often say they found his talks profoundly valuable and illuminating.


Bryant’s first book, The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed, was an instant New York Times bestseller, drawing on insights from CEOS to identify the qualities that help explain why certain executives were promoted over others. In his second book Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation, Bryant collected the wisdom of hundreds of business leaders to identify the secrets to a high-performing corporate culture.


In addition to his consulting with Merryck & Co., Bryant is the Senior Adviser to the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership at Columbia University. He also writes a monthly column on leadership for Strategy+Business Magazine.

Speech Topics

Master the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders Seven Keys to Success
There is so much leadership advice in the world that it can quickly lead to “paralysis by analysis” of trying to remember the hundred things you’re supposed to do at any given moment. But what if that list were distilled to the seven critical challenges that determine whether any leader succeeds or fails in their role, and combined with a playbook for mastering those challenges?
Drawing on insights from his new book The CEO Test, written with former Amgen CEO Kevin Sharer, Adam Bryant presents an informative and enlightening keynote around the key challenges of leadership, including developing a simple plan for strategy, building teams that are true teams, driving transformation, and mastering the inner game of leadership. Bryant, who has conducted in-depth interviews on leadership with more than 600 CEOs, shares compelling stories, memorable quotes, and practical tips and tools in an engaging style that will arm leaders at all levels with clear strategies to elevate their teams and drive results.

“The best leadership advice helps slow the game, so that you can better anticipate, understand, and label the nuanced dynamics of different situations in the moment and guide them to better outcomes,” says Bryant. “Sharing the stories, lessons, insights and tips from veteran CEOs is the most effective way to impart that wisdom.”
Building an Outstanding Team Six Keys to Success
How can you instill a culture of innovation into your company—into any company? In “The Corner Office,” Adam Bryant interviewed hundreds of leading CEOs for The New York Times, eschewing nuts-and-bolts questions about growth, sales, or industry shifts. Instead, he posed down-to-earth, human questions about leadership and teamwork—how it works, where it comes from, how it can be better. How do top CEOs hire? What do they look for in colleagues? What inspires them? How do they overcome challenges? And what keeps them driven, day in and out, over the long haul of their careers? 
Now, pulling together the broader themes of his diverse interviews, Bryant’s distilled a decade of wisdom into six practical steps (or drivers) of successful teams. Presented in a keynote that’s warm, accessible, and funny, these principles—“A Simple Plan,” “Rules of the Road,” “A Little Respect,” “It’s All About the Team,” “Adult Conversations,” and “The Hazards of Email”—can provide a foundation for growth and wellbeing that you can act on immediately. Hands-on and eminently useful, this talk will help you alter your perspective, learn how to lead and collaborate with your entire personality, embrace change and turbulence, and enjoy real, affective dialogue with your teammates.