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The Outsiders

William N. Thorndike

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ISBN 10: 1422162672 / ISBN 13: 9781422162675
Editorial: Harvard Business School Publishing India Pvt. Ltd., 2012
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The Outsiders takes an in-depth look into the lives of eight CEOs who have taken their firms to soaring heights. This book talks about their characteristics, skillsets, beliefs, and much more. Summary Of The Book The Outsiders, published in 2012, looks into the lives of eight not-so-famous CEOs, and what their blueprint of success is. CEOs are usually described as managers who have deep industry expertise, and are very charismatic, confident, and Wall-Street savvy. This book, however, redefines this concept, and introduces readers to outsider CEOs who have forged their paths away from the media limelight, as well as Wall Street. The Outsiders tells the extraordinary stories of John Malone of TCI, Dick Smith of General Cinema, Henry Singleton of Teledyne, Katharine Graham of The Washington Post Company, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Tom Murphy of Capital Cities Broadcasting, Bill Stiritz of Ralston Purina, and Bill Anders of General Dynamics. Thorndike has analyzed the performance of each individual, their actions, and how they have gone against the tide. These CEOs head firms that give stakeholders returns, which on average outperformed the S&P 500 by more than twenty times. This means that a $10,000 investment could be worth $1.5 million in twenty-five years. The Outsiders shows how these leaders have remarkable skills for allocating human and capital resources, and believe in giving autonomy to local managers. Furthermore, their focus lies on the per share value and cash flow, instead of just sales or reported earnings. This book also studies the personality traits of these individuals. Most of them are humble, understated, frugal, and devoted to their families. The Outsiders debunks the myth that only firms that are headed by well-known CEOs are the most flourishing. Readers will come across eye-opening tales about how these leaders follow the path less taken, and run their businesses by using alternative models. This book also teaches how people can successfully lead their businesses to reap phenomenal returns. Printed Pages: 256. N° de ref. de la librería 72999

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Título: The Outsiders

Editorial: Harvard Business School Publishing India Pvt. Ltd.

Año de publicación: 2012

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:New

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An outstanding book about CEOs who excelled at capital allocation.” Warren Buffett

#1 on Warren Buffett’s Recommended Reading List, Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Letter, 2012

Named one of 19 Books Billionaire Charlie Munger Thinks You Should Read” in Business Insider.

A book that details the extraordinary success of CEOs who took a radically different approach to corporate management.” Charlie Munger, Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation

Thorndike explores the importance of thoughtful capital allocation through the stories of eight successful CEOs. A good read for any business leader but especially those willing to chart their own course.” Michael Dell, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Dell

What 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 confident management style. But what really matters when you run an organization? What is the hallmark of exceptional CEO performance? Quite simply, it is the returns for the shareholders of that company over the long term.

In this refreshing, counterintuitive book, author Will Thorndike brings to bear the analytical wisdom of a successful career in investing, closely evaluating the performance of companies and their leaders. You will meet eight individualistic CEOs whose firms’ average returns outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of twenty in other words, an investment of $10,000 with each of these CEOs, on average, would have been worth over $1.5 million twenty-five years later. You may not know all their names, but you will recognize their companies: General Cinema, Ralston Purina, The Washington Post Company, Berkshire Hathaway, General Dynamics, Capital Cities Broadcasting, TCI, and Teledyne. In The Outsiders, you’ll learn the traits and methods striking for their consistency and relentless rationality that helped these unique leaders achieve such exceptional performance.

Humble, unassuming, and often frugal, these outsiders” shunned Wall Street and the press, and shied away from the hottest new management trends. Instead, they shared specific traits that put them and the companies they led on winning trajectories: a laser-sharp focus on per share value as opposed to earnings or sales growth; an exceptional talent for allocating capital and human resources; and the belief that cash flow, not reported earnings, determines a company’s long-term value.

Drawing on years of research and experience, Thorndike tells eye-opening stories, extracting lessons and revealing a compelling alternative model for anyone interested in leading a company or investing in one and reaping extraordinary returns.

About the Author:

William N. Thorndike is founder and a managing director of Housatonic Partners, a private equity firm. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has been a guest lecturer at the Harvard and Stanford business schools. He is a director of eight companies, and two not-for-profit organizations and lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.

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