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The Outsiders

Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success

William N. Thorndike

Discover the traits and methods of exceptional CEO performance in this insightful book. Author Will Thorndike evaluates the performance of companies and their leaders, highlighting the returns for shareholders over the long term. Meet eight individualistic CEOs whose firms’ average returns outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of twenty, and learn their striking traits that put them on winning trajectories, such as a focus on per share value and a talent for allocating capital and resources. This eye-opening book offers a compelling alternative model for leading or investing in a company, with lessons that can reap extraordinary returns.
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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
A good read for any business leader but especially those willing to chart their own course.      source
If I could hand any five books to a would be entrepreneur, I’d pick 1. Positioning by Ries + Trout 2. Zero to One by Thiel 3. 7 Powers by Helmer 4. The Outsiders by Thorndike 5. Creativity, Inc. by Catmull Bonus: Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*T by Pressfield      source
@mcuban @Chappy_JC @norbertjmichel @jessefried @charles_cy_wang @WSJ 🤘allgood man! Funny to read how over 100 years ago dividends and buybacks were often mandatory so CEOs wouldn't squander the $. Still my favorite book on topic: The Outsiders And longer reading list      source
One of the best leadership books I've read this year      source
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
@VTocks Outsiders in one of my favorite books!      source
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