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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (29 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843474
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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"Bill Walsh was one of the NFL's all-time best; a creative genius, a master at management, and a brilliant student of human nature. The Score Takes Care of Itself is his own personal and powerful road map to success as a leader whether in professional football or anywhere else. Terrific reading; tremendous insights."
-Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL
"The Score Takes Care of Itself is a leadership classic-a magnificent step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve success. It is practical, profound, and perfect for today's ultracompetitive business environment. Indispensable reading."
-Pat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic and author of What Are You Living For?
"The Score Takes Care of Itself is not about football. It's about how to treat people right. How to get the best out of the people around you. How to be a highly effective leader. I am thankful that this book about Bill Walsh's leadership point of view is now available to inspire countless leaders to come."
-Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager(r) and Leading at a Higher Level
"Bill's personal examples of how he implemented and executed each of these steps in the transformation of the San Francisco 49ers creates a fascinating story of business, football, and triumph. More than anything, Bill's story reminds business leaders that success is not accidental but rather the result of deliberate and tenacious preparation."
-John F. Milligan, Ph.D., president and COO of Gilead Sciences, Inc.


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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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Walsh's Standard of Performance is packaged here for business readers, but I am guessing not too many of them could find the sort of use for his tactics as he did. The trouble is, for truly innovative leaders, there is only one Elvis. Copying a style as distinctive as Walsh's may not turn out to be the most effective thing you might do as you aren't him (just ask Stuart Lancaster, who clearly read this book, learned the words but couldn't carry the tune). This doesn't mean there are no insights, and he is unsparing of himself in terms of both the mistakes he made and the price he paid for being who he was and acting as he saw fit.
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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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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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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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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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One of the best sports leadership books I've read to date. The way the book is formatted makes it really easy to dip in and out of to read upon specific aspects of leadership and management. I also love American football so the example stories all resonated well with me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in business who is managing at team at middle or senior management level and they wish to develop a winning culture within their organisation.
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