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The Outsiders

Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success

William N. Thorndike

”It is impossible to produce superior performance unless you do something different.” — John TempletonWhat makes a successful CEO? Most people call to mind a familiar definition: a seasoned manager with deep industry expertise. Others might point to the qualities of today’s so-called celebrity CEOs—charisma, virtuoso communication skills, and a con...
Publish Date
October 23
Goodreads rating
Mar 01, 2013
The Outsiders is an outstanding book about CEOs who excelled at capital allocation. It has an insightful chapter on our director, Tom Murphy, overall the best business manager I’ve ever met.      source
Sep 04, 2014
A good read for any business leader but especially those willing to chart their own course.      source
Jul 23, 2015
One of the best leadership books I've read this year      source
Sep 26, 2019
3/Will Thorndike's book, "The Outsiders," was a deep influence on the prize and selection process. Stiritz called it a "classic" in his acceptance speech. It is, and should at the top of the reading list for CEOs and investors. Bonus: Will's a great guy.      source
Nov 23, 2018
Twenty books you should have read by now: 1. The Outsiders by William Thorndike. 2. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight 3. Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter 4. The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence by Benoit Mandelbrot 5. Influence by Robert Cialdini      source
Details the extraordinary success of CEOs who took a radically different approach to corporate management.      source