The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership

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Penguin, Aug 20, 2009 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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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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A quick read, decent management/memoir that allows Walsh to address the questions of his being a basket case/neurotic/thin-skinned. While I think "Building a Champion" may have covered many of the ... Read full review

The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership

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Bill Walsh (1931-2007), the innovative coach of the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford University who is most famous for developing the ubiquitous West Coast Offense, was not shy about appearing in ... Read full review


Title Page
An Environment
Specifics of My New Standards
Establishing Your Standard of Performance
Lessons of the Bill Walsh Offense
Let the Score Take Care of Itself
I Am the Leader
Sharp Pencils Do Not Translate into Sharp
Dont Mistake Grabbin for Tackling
The Thrill of Teaching
Money Talks Treating People Right Talks Louder
A Big Cheer for a Big
Conventional Wisdom Is an Oxymoron
No Mystery to Mastery
Dont Do unto Others What Paul Brown Did unto
The Element of Surprise

The Inner Voice vs the Outer Voice

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Bill Walsh (1931–2007) is considered one of the greatest football coaches in NFL history. He is best known for serving as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, during which time he popularized the West Coast offense, a style of play that emphasizes passing over running. Walsh was honored in 1993 with an election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Steve Jamison is America's foremost author and authority on the life and leadership of UCLA icon John Wooden, who is often cited as the greatest coach of the twentieth century. Together they collaborated on nine popular publications, including Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court. Mr. Jamison has also written books with other famous coaches, such as football’s Bill Walsh and tennis legend Brad Gilbert. In addition to his publishing and producing career, he is a popular speaker as well as executive producer of the John R. Wooden Leadership Course.

Craig Walsh is the executive director of Santa Clara’s Healthy Kids program and a former marketing executive for the San Francisco 49ers. He is the son of legendary football coach Bill Walsh.

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