My 11 Notes from “Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell”

https://www.amazon.com/Trillion-Dollar-Coach-Leadership-Playbook/dp/0062839268
  1. On the importance of coaching: “Coaching is no longer a speciality; you cannot be a good manager without being a good coach.”
  2. Team first: “Work the team, then the problem”
  3. Not everyone is a fit for coaching: “First, he only coached the coachable.”
  4. On Servant Leadership: “If you’re a great manager, your people will make you a leader. They acclaim that, not you.”
  5. On Meritocracy: “He believed in striving for the best idea, not consensus(…)”
  6. On Decisionmaking: “Make the best decision you can, then move on.”
  7. On Dealing with genius assholes: “What can’t be tolerated is when the aberrant genius continually puts him-or herself above the team.”
  8. On Narcism and craving for publicity: “Publicity is fine if it’s in the service of the company, and indeed, that is part of the CEO’s job.”
  9. A tip for Product Managers: “Tell them what problem the consumer has [not which features you want]”
  10. About Firing People: “Still, the company must move forward, so be careful not to apologize too much”
  11. On Love and Compassion: “When he is yelling at you, it’s because he loves you and cares and wants you to succeed”

1. “Coaching is no longer a specialty; you cannot be a good manager without being a good coach.”

2. “Work the team, then the problem”

3. “First, he only coached the coachable.”

4. “If you’re a great manager, your people will make you a leader. They acclaim that, not you.”

5. “He believed in striving for the best idea, not consensus(…)”

6. “Make the best decision you can, then move on.”

7. “What can’t be tolerated is when the aberrant genius continually puts him-or herself above the team.”

8. “Publicity is fine if it’s in the service of the company, and indeed, that is part of the CEO’s job.”

9. “Tell them what problem the consumer has [not which features you want]”

10. About Firing People: “Still, the company must move forward, so be careful not to apologize too much”

11. “When he is yelling at you, it’s because he loves you and cares and wants you to succeed”

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Site Director at Grand Parade Poland (part of William Hill). Previously CEO/Co-founder of Sigmapoint and KoalaMetrics.

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Kamil Stanuch

Kamil Stanuch

Site Director at Grand Parade Poland (part of William Hill). Previously CEO/Co-founder of Sigmapoint and KoalaMetrics.

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