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Trillion Dollar Coach

The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell
Narrated by: Dan Woren
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The team behind How Google Works returns with management lessons from legendary coach and business executive Bill Campbell, whose mentoring of some of our most successful modern entrepreneurs has helped create well over a trillion dollars in market value.

Bill Campbell played an instrumental role in the growth of several prominent companies, such as Google, Apple, and Intuit, fostering deep relationships with Silicon Valley visionaries, including Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt. In addition, this business genius mentored dozens of other important leaders on both coasts, from entrepreneurs to venture capitalists to educators to football players, leaving behind a legacy of growing companies, successful people, respect, friendship, and love after his death in 2016.

Leaders at Google for more than a decade, Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle experienced firsthand how the man fondly known as Coach Bill built trusting relationships, fostered personal growth - even in those at the pinnacle of their careers - inspired courage, and identified and resolved simmering tensions that inevitably arise in fast-moving environments. To honor their mentor and inspire and teach future generations, they have codified his wisdom in this essential guide.

Based on interviews with more than 80 people who knew and loved Bill Campbell, Trillion Dollar Coach explains the Coach’s principles and illustrates them with stories from the many great people and companies with which he worked. The result is a blueprint for forward-thinking business leaders and managers that will help them create higher performing and faster moving cultures, teams, and companies.

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©2019 Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • intangiblereverie
  • 2019-04-17

This is a eulogy, not a "playbook."

TL/DR: Apply good football coaching principles to the business world = help silicon valley companies make trillions.

If you're looking for leadership & growth insights, you'll get what you're looking for more densely & expediently from the likes of Peter Drucker or John Maxwell.

This book is ultimately a massive name-check storytelling session for silicon valley power players to eulogize their beloved coach. The best thing it accomplishes is animating the story of an inspirational, colorful leader, and perhaps show those who aren't in the know that coaching is necessary for growth. While these are both valuable things, they hardly amount to a "playbook" as the title suggests.

What really gets me, though, is the narrator. He does this awful thing where he feigns the accents of contributors to this book when he's reading their passages. Is it really necessary for this white guy to mock an Indian accent? These passages are written in English, same as the rest who aren't ESL speakers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • Carson, CA United States
  • 2019-04-23

Awesome book

A must read if you want to create a lasting legacy through people 😊 would highly recommend this to others

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  • Charles H. Warner
  • 2019-04-22

Best Management Book Ever

Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg were coached by Bill Campbell when they were top executives at Google. They write about Campbell's philosophy of coaching and managing. When I told a very bright friend of mine that it was the best management book I had eve read, my friend said, But what about Peter Drucker?" My friend knew I had taught management courses for years, written four textbooks about sales and was great fan of Drucker's. Up until I read "The Trillion Dollar Coach," my favorite management books, in addition to several of Drucker's books, were "In Search of Excellence," "Built to Last," "Good to Great," and a couple of other books by Jim Collins.

But Schmidt and his co-authors boil Campbell's management philosophies down to very specific behaviors and attributes that make managers great. Drucker was great, but often he was too philosophical and big-picture oriented with such statements as "the only purpose of a business is to create a customer." Campbell coached managers how to hire people, how ofire people, when to fire people ("no one is successful on a third chance.") In an age of egos gone wild and narcissistic bosses Campbell advises humility and honesty. He advises always to go back to first principles of a business and to always do the right thing.

"The Trillion Dollar Coach" is short, pithy, applicable and should be read by every middle and top manager. If he was able help Steve Jobs guide Apple to being the most valuable company in the world and Google to become the fourth most valuable company in the world in ust 20 years, Campbell's ideas might help you.

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  • John Donahue
  • North Carolina
  • 2019-04-22

A football coach goes to Silicon Valley

Bill Campbell was a former football coach, turned Silicon Valley CEO, who returned to coaching. Coaching business leaders, many of whom are now household names. His secret will probably surprise you.

Bill's philosophy combined things that too many people think are mutually exclusive. He put people first while emphasizing the need to be loyal to the team. Bill taught how to show compassion without abdicating the responsibilities of being in charge.

Ultimately, Bill Campbell taught his “coachees” how to bring love into the workplace. Don't let that deter you from reading this book though, this is a very practical outline on leadership, management, and coaching. And nearly all of its anecdotes are backed up by research. This book is well worth the time at any stage of your career.

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  • Joe Dougherty
  • 2019-04-22

Everyone needs a Coach!

Great character who delivered a great ROI wherever he was. Dealt w/tough issues-no regrets. Lots of basic leadership thoughts but delivered in a way that reminds you that basic principals work-if implemented.

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  • Robert ONeill
  • 2019-04-20

Instant classic

Seems logical and intuitive I just wish I knew him and realized it all decades ago. A must for anyone whether technical genius or generalist on how to get the most out of your team and your self which are inseparable.

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  • Antoine Woods Jr
  • 2019-04-19

A valuable read for any leader

This is now one of my favorite books on leadership, and is a title I will return to on an annual basis. The detailing of how Bill handled and advised some of the top business leaders in Silicon Valley is very insightful and can be applied to any business category. I highly recommend this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-19

Bill was an amazing coach. Book was very redundant

The Hard Things about Hard Things covers most of the same things and goes into more detail about specific topics, but this book is good if you're looking for more anecdotal evidence of how great a guy Bill Campbell was.