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Chris Zook

Specialist in helping companies find new sources of profitable growth. Inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2019. 

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Inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2019.


Ranked #42 in 2013.


Over five years has delivered over 500 talks and workshops, across more than 35 different countries.


Author of the acclaimed Profit from the Core trilogy, Zook’s 2016 book, The Founder’s Mentality, shows how leaders can overcome the predictable crises of growth, and set their companies on a path of sustainable growth. In Repeatability (HBR Press, 2012), he argues that complexity is a silent killer of profitable growth, while  successful companies endure by maintaining simplicity at their core.




An advisory partner in Bain & Company’s Boston office, Zook was co-leader of the company’s Global Strategy practice for 20 years. A best-seling author, his “growth trilogy” books received widespread critical support, with Beyond the Core recognized by The Economist as one of the top five business and economic books in the year it was published, and Unstoppable identified by The Financial Times as one of the notable business books of the year.


The Founder’s Mentality (with James Allen, HBR Press, 2016); Repeatability (with James Allen, HBR Press, 2012); Unstoppable (HBR Press, 2007); Beyond the Core (HBR Press, 2004); Profit from the Core (with James Allen, HBR Press, 2001).


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“Chris Zook has helped organizations worldwide find the next wave of growth.

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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