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The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership [Kindle Edition]

Bill Walsh , Steve Jamison , Craig Walsh
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The last lecture on leadership by the NFL's greatest coach: Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh is a towering figure in the history of the NFL. His advanced leadership transformed the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty. In the process, he changed the way football is played.

Prior to his death, Walsh granted a series of exclusive interviews to bestselling author Steve Jamison. These became his ultimate lecture on leadership.

Additional insights and perspective are provided by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and others.

Bill Walsh taught that the requirements of successful leadership are the same whether you run an NFL franchise, a fortune 500 company, or a hardware store with 12 employees. These final words of 'wisdom by Walsh' will inspire, inform, and enlighten leaders in all professions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (3 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002G54Y04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "But here's the lesson I learned...." 20 Aug. 2009
By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
Whenever a list of the NFL's greatest coaches is formulated, Bill Walsh's name is usually included with those of other Hall of Famers such as Paul Brown, George Hallas, Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, and Don Shula. I was especially eager to read this book, written with Steve Jamison and his only surviving son, Craig, because I wanted to gain a much better understanding of Bill Walsh's leadership style and management preferences during an illustrious career as a head coach in the NFL: a record of 102-63-1 with the San Francisco 49ers, winning ten of his fourteen postseason games along with six division titles, three NFC Championship titles, and three Super Bowls. He was named the NFL's Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1984.

Especially in recent years, there have been many articles and books written about how to develop peak performers. (Some of the best observations and insights are provided by Erika Andersen in her book, Growing Great Employees.) The most highly-admired CEOs tend be those who were especially effective developing high-impact leaders among those in middle management. At GE, Jack Welch devoted at least 20% of his time to mentoring high-potential middle managers and his successor, Jeff Immelt, continues to do so. Given that, now consider the fact that a total of 24 head coaches in the NFL were once an assistant coach on his staff at one time, and many of them led teams to victory in the Super Bowl (e.g. Brian Billick, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren, George Seifert, Mike Shanahan). Some of Walsh's greatest skills were those of a teacher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old stories but a modern lesson 2 Feb. 2012
A very good book which gives great advice on how to treat people, trust your judgement and extract the most from your talent. Lots of stories are anecdotes from the 1980s when Bill Walsh resurrected the 49ers. His values are old fashioned (therefore I really appreciated and respected them) but are relevant to anybody who is in charge of a team or company today. The couple of negatives - the book was put together over several years and so many chapters contain reference to his first Super Bowl win which gets a touch repetitive as it seems the editing could have been a little tighter. And if you are under 30 years of age you may not quite appreciate the talents of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice and how they went were transformed from College average to NFL legends. Otherwise this is a really entertaining and inspiring read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 8 Jan. 2013
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This book kept cropping up in my management reading. It shows that by building a winning culture you can achieve results and that the little things matter. I enjoyed it and unlike many books, this is from a manager who has achieved, not just talked about achieving!
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A fantastic read. As someone who has never been able to take part in sport physically due to multiple disabilities, I enjoy reading intelligently written books on sports management, motivation and team building. This is one of the best I've read. In reading these books I'm doing so because I enjoy them and I often find a little something that helps me personally. Like Bill I have my own 'Standard of Performance' but for me that later parts of the book about his final years at the Niners are currently more poignant. Whatever your reason to read this book whether business-led, sports-led or just personal, read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For any manager / coach facing an uphill battle 19 Nov. 2014
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I knew nothing about Bill Walsh and little about NFL but if you are a manager/ coach facing a large mountain to climb this book will give you hope. It's also not full of management cliche!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - great man. 22 May 2013
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The guy was a genius, he did not get on with everyone, but had a vision and set himself goals at every level then delivered. It must be tough at the top of your game and people slagging off your way of winning. but he didn't listen to the detractors and just got on with the job of winning superbowls.
A good read for anyone but a great read for those who have teams both sports and commercial and need some energy and ideas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 22 Mar. 2014
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Really good book, thoroughly enjoyed it.

I like the way the book is spilt up with the different stories from all sides of the game.

If you have OCD as I have, and believe that there is no harm in aiming high in life, then this book will be a great read for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read..... 3 Jun. 2013
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Loved by the two people I bought this for, both businessmen with a love of American football and interested in how successful strategies on the field can be applied to business and leadership.
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