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The Score Takes Care of Itself

My Philosophy of Leadership
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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Bill Walsh was perhaps the most influential and successful coach in NFL history, transforming the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a dynasty that won five Super Bowls. He is acclaimed not only for his strategic brilliance but also for his advanced approach to leadership. His teams sustained a consistency of excellence rarely seen in sports or anywhere else.

Drawn from a series of deeply revealing conversations with coauthor Steve Jamison, The Score Takes Care of Itself offers Walsh's best leadership principles illustrated by anecdotes from his entire career. Additional insights and perspective are provided by his son Craig Walsh. The book will delight football fans and guide the vast business audience eager to learn how Bill Walsh motivated individuals and crafted winning teams.

©2009 Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison and Craig Walsh (P)2009 Tantor

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"A fascinating compendium of Walsh's philosophy.... Enlightening, informative and engaging, this powerful book is a must-[listen] for executives and managers at every level." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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Excellent

A bit stodgy and sometimes the war stories are somewhat repetitive but there's a goldmine of life guiding principles inside.
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  • Jason A. Zarrilli
  • Huntsville, AL
  • 2016-02-10

Be ready to grow

Fantastic book for leaders who want to get the most out of their business or organization. Be ready to look in a very clear mirror of a leader's responsibilities and correcting those as much as the organization as a whole.

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  • Jason Comely
  • 2013-01-31

Thank you Bill Walsh

I don't watch the NFL or any professional sports, and I don't know Bill Walsh from Moses, but the title of this audiobook resonated with me so I took a chance. I'm glad I did.

There is so much good stuff here. Lots of stories, mostly about football but metaphors for business and life as well.

Bill Walsh, the legendary coach of the San Francisco 49ers, reveals a mix of intelligence, toughness, humility and empathy in his anecdotes. He shares his successes but is also honest about his failings. It's really remarkable.

Having listened to this audiobook right to the end, I have a deep sense of respect for this man. If he was still alive I would want to thank him in person for the great insights he shared. But since I can't, I'll say it here: thanks Bill!

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  • Wilson
  • 2017-07-03

great advice for mánagers but...

all the advice and stories were great, the only thing is that narrator voice made me sleepy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-05-17

This is a must read for any potential leader

You must read this book! If you want to lead at any level, this must be in your reading arsenal.

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  • Michael S Wilson
  • 2016-04-30

Best book on Leadership and Personal Development Available!!

If you are looking for a book that will completely change your view on how to conduct your life this is it!

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  • anthony
  • 2015-04-19

Insight into One of the Great Coached

Good insight to what many consider, the greatest NFL coach. Practical thought on how to structure an organization and lead people. Some really good nuggets sprinkled throughout the story. The narrator was spot on, and made it sound as if it were Bill, himself.

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  • Bernie
  • 2015-04-14

Perspective on Bill Walsh legacy.

Excellent read. Learned a lot about the man and a dynasty. I am a Cowboy fan but respected the Niners and Coach Walsh.

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  • Aaron Eagle
  • 2016-01-05

The best of the sports leadership books!

This well put together book captures the essence of Bill and his fantastic vision for both football and life. I have read a plethora of sports leadership books and this ranks at the top, right next to John Wooden.

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  • HBS & MGS
  • 2019-07-22

Story very self serving.

Some good insights. Vocabulary limited, author seems desperate for recognition! Many of the authors insights are common knowledge within management theory and didn't seem that impactful upon reading. I guess his application of basic management 101 principles were new to the game of football. Overall, Bill Walsh seemed to be an emotionally unstable guy looking for a pat on the back from his superiors.

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  • Scott
  • 2019-07-19

Probably much better if you are a football fan

There are many good leadership points in this book. Nothing particularly new, but a good collection based on Bill Walsh’s personal experience. It was also good to hear the downsides that Bill experienced. The leadership principles are all based on Bill’s experience rather than research into leadership, but what he did worked. However, there is so much time spent on his football career that it makes it hard for those of us who are only interested in leadership.