Author: William N. Thorndike Jr.
William N. Thorndike Jr. is an American author, businessman, and investor. He is best known for his book "The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success," published in 2012. "The Outsiders" explores the characteristics and strategies employed by eight exceptional CEOs who achieved outstanding results for their companies. Thorndike analyzes the leadership styles of these executives, highlighting their unconventional thinking, long-term focus, capital allocation skills, and ability to make tough decisions. The book provides valuable insights into the mindset of successful CEOs who prioritize shareholder value creation and take a more rational approach to running their businesses. It challenges the traditional notion of what makes a great CEO and offers alternative perspectives on management and corporate governance. Thorndike's work has been highly regarded within the business community and has received praise for its fresh perspective on effective leadership. Many professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs consider "The Outsiders" as a must-read for understanding the principles that drive long-term success in business. Aside from his book, William N. Thorndike Jr. is also the founder and managing director of Housatonic Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and serves on the boards of various organizations.