Best-Selling Corner Office Author to Speak at Haas, Sept. 20

Best-selling author and New York Times editor Adam Bryant, who has interviewed such top CEOs as Steve Ballmer of Microsoft and Alan Mulally of Ford for his Corner Office book and column, will speak at Haas at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Wells Fargo Room.

Turning the table on Bryant, Dean Rich Lyons will interview him as part of this Dean's Speaker Series Event. Registration will be required for his talk; registration details will be available on the Dean's Speaker Series website as the event date approaches.

Bryant is part of a roster of several impressive speakers slated to speak at Haas this semester as part of the Dean's Speaker Series:

  • AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Sept. 6
  • Intel CEO Paul Otellini, MBA 74, Oct. 3
  • Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, Oct. 30
  • Haas Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen, Vice Chair, Federal Reserve, Nov. 13

Bryant, the deputy national editor of the New York Times, has been a journalist for more than two decades. Using simple open-ended questions, he started interviewing CEOs and other leaders in early 2009 to launch the "Corner Office" feature in the Sunday Business section of the New York Times.

After developing a loyal following to his column and noticing several themes, Bryant studied more than a million words from more than 70 interviews, identified five qualities that set high-performers apart, and gleaned concrete and specific advice on how to lead and manage others. The result is his new book, The Corner Office: Indispensible and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed, which combines his own analysis with the voices of CEOs.

Two Haas alumni have been featured in Bryant's "Corner Office" column in the past year: Joe Jimenez, MBA 84, CEO of Novartis and John Riccitiello, BS 81, CEO of Electronic Arts.