William Thorndike: “The Outsiders” | Talks at Google

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William Thorndike: “The Outsiders” | Talks at Google

William Thorndike: “The Outsiders” | Talks at Google

Published on Oct 22, 2015

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.