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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.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

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

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  • 2019-05-23

Disappointing

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

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Good concepts, but not the most captivating

would rate 7/10 and probably wouldn't recommend. Instead I would read How to Win Friends and Influence People again and again and learn the same principles but with better applications. I'm sure Bill was a great coach, but unfortunately I don't think his story was told that well.

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Phenomenal book about Leadership

One of the best books I’ve ever read about leadership. Bill is a total legend!

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Good book

Not that much insight , it is more of a story on bill Campbell life, interesting but not life changing.

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Excellent Listen, Wish there were more diversity

I feel extremely inspired after listening to the Trillion Dollar Coach. Bill's magic is like no other.

Only feedback: It sounds like Bill had huge impacts on male (mostly white) mentees. I wish there were more female voices in the book. There were sprinkles for sure, I felt there wasn't enough.

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‘Huh?’ Is the Feeling I’m Left With

If only I could get my time and money back.

I understand he did some amazing things in his life, but the gravity and impact of who this man was and HOW he did those things were a complete miss in this book. Not to mention that the “lessons” shared are those we’re all already familiar with: treat everyone with respect and as a person, genuinely get to know them, don’t be an asshole, don’t micromanage etc.

Anyone who’s ever played a team sport, don’t waste your precise time listening to this book. Your experience as an athlete has taught you everything this book will try to example.

In summary, I’d like to meet the people who praise this poorly written biography (this book most certainly should not be confused for a leadership book) because the only thing I learnt from his approach is that he was an asshole that swore a lot, but no no, don’t worry because “he did it from a place of love”. Sounds like verbal abuse to me, but I suppose those are the privileges of being a white upper-class male in America.

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Obvious

Not much new insight. Mostly inspirational advice - be yourself, be nice, be honest, love all around. I was looking for something actionable.

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More like an obituary of Bill Campbell

The content is not bad, yet the authors seemed more interested in paying tribute to Bill Campbell than giving clear business advice.

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A great read for managers at every level

The stories in this book depict what a real leader and coach should be. Definitely a worth while read for anyone interested in being a manager or anyone who is already a manager.


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Obituary fluff not much help

Was excited to hear this but wasn’t any help.
Is not worth it unfortunately. It should have been

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mathew
  • 2020-01-11

Disappointed. This was a eulogy...lacking substance

This book would have been so much better had the author actually simply spent one chapter discussing the bugs and bolts of HOW someone else could replicate Bill’s impact. I felt like I was working on a 1000 piece puzzle that was missing half the key pieces to finish the puzzle.

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  • Kakarot
  • 2020-03-01

A eulogy

Seems like the book was written out of respect to losing someone so close to those startups. Not really a "leadership playbook"

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  • 2020-02-27

Book is a drag, should have been 2 sentences

The book can be summarized in 2 sentence: Coaches show you your blindspots and sour-spots and they care about your success. They want you to realize your potential and this is how mentors and managers should be.

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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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  • morgane
  • 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.