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Aligning the Stars

Aligning the Stars

How to Succeed When Professionals Drive Results

By Jay W. Lorsch and Thomas J. Tierney

Aligning the Stars

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About the Authors

About the Authors

Thomas J. Tierney

Thomas J. Tierney was worldwide managing director of Bain & Company from 1993 to 2000. In 1999, he cofounded The Bridgespan Group, an independent, nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders and organizations to help accelerate social impact. Through his work at Bridgespan, Thomas frequently speaks and writes on topics related to nonprofit leadership and philanthropy.

Jay W. Lorsch

Jay W. Lorsch is the Louis Kirstein Professor of Human Relations at the Harvard Business School. He is editor of The Future of Boards: Meeting the Governance Challenges of the Twenty-First Century and the author or coauthor of over a dozen books, including Back to the Drawing Board: Designing Boards for a Complex World.

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

For years I have wanted to find a book I could enthusiastically recommend to people in search of the key elements peculiar to building enduring, great professional firms. Finally, that book exists.

Jim Collins, Author of Good to Great and Coauthor of Built to Last


Jay Lorsch and Tom Tierney are sometimes iconoclastic, often provocative, and always, always informative.

David Gergen, former Director, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


With clear principles and many stimulating examples, this well-written book will provoke reflection and debate among professional firm leaders.

David H. Maister, Coauthor of First Among Equals

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