The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically by William N. Thorndike

By William N. Thorndike

What makes a profitable CEO? most folk bring to mind a well-recognized definition: “a pro supervisor with deep expertise.” Others may possibly aspect to the characteristics of today’s so-called superstar CEOs—charisma, virtuoso verbal exchange abilities, and a convinced administration type. yet what relatively concerns in case you run a firm? what's the hallmark of remarkable CEO functionality? simply, it's the returns for the shareholders of that corporation over the lengthy term.

In this fresh, counterintuitive ebook, writer Will Thorndike brings to undergo the analytical knowledge of a winning profession in making an investment, heavily comparing the functionality of businesses and their leaders. you'll meet 8 individualistic CEOs whose firms’ commonplace returns outperformed the S&P 500 by way of an element of twenty—in different phrases, an funding of $10,000 with every one of those CEOs, on common, could were worthy over $1.5 million twenty-five years later. you could now not understand all their names, yet you are going to realize their businesses: basic Cinema, Ralston Purina, The Washington publish corporation, Berkshire Hathaway, normal Dynamics, Capital towns Broadcasting, TCI, and Teledyne. within the Outsiders, you’ll research the features and methods—striking for his or her consistency and constant rationality—that helped those special leaders in attaining such unprecedented performance.

Humble, unassuming, and infrequently frugal, those “outsiders” kept away from Wall highway and the click, and shied clear of the most popular new administration developments. as a substitute, they shared particular qualities that placed them and the corporations they led on profitable trajectories: a laser-sharp specialize in consistent with percentage worth rather than profits or revenues development; an excellent expertise for allocating capital and human assets; and the idea that money move, no longer mentioned gains, determines a company’s long term value.

Drawing on years of analysis and adventure, Thorndike tells eye-opening tales, extracting classes and revealing a compelling replacement version for someone attracted to prime a firm or making an investment in one—and reaping outstanding returns.

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