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Trillion Dollar Coach

The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell
Narrated by: Dan Woren
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • FB
  • 2019-05-23

Disappointing

Essentially, a long eulogy for a respected corporate coach. My expectations were not met. Thanks

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Good, but not yet great

This book has some interesting lessons and messages to teach us. However, it doesn’t do a great job delivering the message and is missing a cohesive storyline more than anything else. It feels like a book that has been water down by the fear of offending someone. Instead of taking a direct approach and diving into topics the authors circle around them a few times. It was a frustrating to listen to at times as it was clears Bill Campbell has something valuable to teach us, but it was not well delivered.

It didn’t talk at all about any character flows of the coach and how he came to learn all his knowledge which would really help the reader relate to him.

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Great man, dry writing

There is so much good information in this book, we can learn a lot from how Bill lived. Cons: the reader was a little robotic and the writing was bland.

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Great book for old school managers

This is a great book for old school, hard nosed managers who need to learn the fundamentals of caring for others. It’s ok to be authentic as long as people know you have a deep seated concern for their well being.

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Super book!

A great guide to being human with your friends and colleagues and a needed reminder that empathy and knowledge go a long way when used together.

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Amazing summary on how to be a great leader, manager, and coach.

The complexity of the problems we face today requires “teams of people” to solve them.

The people problems are far harder to solve than the technological ones.

Bill Campbell is my idol. I am so happy this book was created. I only ever knew Bill through bits and pieces others have shared over the years. This book is exactly what I wanted. It’s a condense summary that provides value in every word. A clear story/example, a clear principle, and a clear way to implement.

I hope to one day coach the way Bill did, or at least my own variation... now to put this into practice so I can get there and see success for those around me.

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  • MKA
  • 2019-05-28

towards the one

it takes great teams to conquer the unknown. collaborative intelligence is the key.
great teams need to be built by the wise, kind, authentic doers.
they have to reproduce themselves and make the others better than their own selves.
that's towards the one!

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  • Jason Lehmbeck
  • 2019-04-25

Great regarding the Coach’s life; Ok on how-to

This was a great book to learn about Bill Campbell but was just ok on the how-to aspects of being a great coach

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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
  • 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.

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  • Rohit Pujari
  • 2019-05-08

Don’t bother, there are better books on leadership and coaching

This book is full of one sided anecdotes and fluffy stories. Reads more like a eulogy...

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  • Ubaidu
  • 2019-05-15

I didn't learn much from this book

I bought this book with high expectations as I have read the authors' previous book on "How Google works"

What I learned from this book can be put in two lines. Bill Campbell was a great coach. And it is good to have a coach for anybody especially for the top level executives of a company.

I would say it could have been compressed in to an online article, rather than a book of its own. I have no idea how this book is getting so many 5 stars.

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  • D_C
  • 2019-04-28

Transform your business through caring

Loved it! Care for your team and people and see your business transform. Listen now!

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  • Austein
  • 2019-04-25

A Heart-centered Counterpoint

Everything in this book is actionable - it’s just different than most business or leadership books because Bill Campbell was different than most business people. The point to bring the heart, sincere relationship, “soft” skills, love, and family into the work place is well communicated and timely. It was difficult to distill the traits of such a enigmatic personality into a “playbook” I am sure but they did a good job.

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  • Alvaro Casas
  • 2019-08-07

A masterpiece for the keen-eyed

While it may feel slow or more an ode to a great man than a playbook, if you look for it the wisdom is there.
Its one of those things that seems at times. obvious, not new or even simple, and that is why it does a good job hiding the true value and power of the principles and wisdom it contains.

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  • Charles Cumiskey
  • 2019-05-07

Must Read for leaders

Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle are a great team who write about the key insights of Bill Campbell. I wish that we had more leaders like Bill Campbell who had the integrity to lead by example.

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  • Mauro Locarnini
  • 2019-08-19

One of the best business books I've read lately

In this book the authors do a nice effort to bring together the guiding principles of Bill Campbell's practice as a coach. Written in the light weight business style back backed with good research (not mere name dropping), this book is easy to read and yet leaves you satisfied with a number of lessons and take aways highly valuable to today's business environment. I rarely rate a book 5 and this is not the type of book I'd typically rate 5; however this is a master piece for its genre. Great job Eric and Jonathan! I think you've made the perfect tribute to the coach!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-23

A great topic but a miss in the conception

The topic was incredibly good but the way they made it, with too much details and not enough clarity missed the quality the book could have been. A great work in term of research and lacking a clear plan in the development.