Nimble: Make Yourself and Your Company Resilient in the Age of Constant Change (Hardcover)
“Nimble shows how we can anticipate and adapt to an increasingly chaotic world–and become better leaders, strategists, and innovators along the way.” — Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals
Cutting-edge insights for succeeding in times of chaotic change
Today’s world is best described by one word: turbulence. Every leader today knows they need to be nimble, agile and resilient–but how?
In this engaging and insightful new book, management strategist and Wharton Fellow Baba Prasad sheds new light on the subject, and offers practical advice for executives, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who’ll need the skills to face the unpredictability, risk, and deep uncertainty that lies ahead.
Filled with vivid examples and insights from around the world and throughout history – from the Brazilian rainforest and the “frugal innovation” of 19th century Indian engineers to Ericsson, Lego, Burt’s Bees, and Zara–Nimble reveals what sets the most nimble leaders and organizations apart from the competition, presenting five types of agility that help individuals and companies not just survive but thrive in times of great change:
Analytical agility: Understanding the real problem
Operational agility: Driving leadership through action
Innovative agility: Finding creative solutions when you need them most
Communicative agility: Solving problems together
Visionary agility: Going beyond the here and now
It is possible to embrace change and uncertainty without sacrificing innovation and growth. Nimble shows you how.
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Baba Prasad (Prasad) is a leading thinker in the area of management strategy and leadership. He is President & CEO of Vivékin Group, a management consultancy that focuses on helping leaders and organizations become strategically agile. Prasad has a Ph.D. in Operations & Information Management from the Wharton School, where he has also been a Fellow since 1997. He teaches courses on strategy and innovation at various business schools.
Prasad studied computer science and artificial intelligence and robotics at universities in India and the US. He has been a technology strategy consultant on Wall Street, and has served on the faculty in the business schools at Purdue University and the University of Minnesota.
Prasad lives across two continents and is a fitness enthusiast. He and his wife, Professor Leela Prasad of Duke University, also work in economically underprivileged schools in Hyderabad, India. They helped to set up “Aksharavani,” a school for children of migrant construction workers, in the city. They are currently making a documentary film titled Moved by Gandhi.