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The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership Paperback – June 29, 2010
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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.
About the Author
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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Like all of Walsh's work, it's more a series of short essays, collected and sorted into manageable categories. They are based on the speeches he gave after retiring from coaching. Now, as a management system I don't think he says anything that Steven Covey and others haven't said. But if you have ever wondered if the guy was really as good as his fans claim, or why the Niners were the 2015 laughing stock of the NFL, all you need to do is read this book to understand:
1) Yes, he really was as brilliant as his fans claim
2) Yes, his burnout was inevitable; he cared too passionately, too intensely about perfection
3) No, nobody in the current Niner organization even comes within ten Levi Stadiums' distance of Walsh' football expertise and management skills.
Reading this, you understand that coaches like Mike Holmgren and Bill Belicheck are the real Walsh fans. And how success breeds success, but also the never-ceasing, crushing pressure that accompanies it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all football fans.
Bill Walsh on the Standard of Performance:
* Culture precedes positive results. It doesn't get tacked on as an afterthought on the way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they are champions.
* The exceptional assembly line comes before the quality car - strive to make your assembly line better and better.
* All we can do is increase the probability of success. Do it by intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chances of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.
* Teach players to hate mistakes in games and practice - if you aim for perfection and miss, you're still pretty good...if you aim for mediocrity...
* "Organizational excellence evolves from the perfection of details relevant to performance and production."
* "I know what is required for us to win. I will show you what it is."
* "There are winners and there are people who would like to be winners but just don't know how to do it."
The most important takeaway was the trap of "zero points for winning." This resonated in a powerful way as a reminder to appreciate the wins in life or you'll become consumed by the losses as coach Walsh experienced.
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