Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell

The Big Idea: Show your team you care and they’ll deliver extraordinary results.

  • Bill Campbell has coached Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, Steve Jobs, Al Gore, Ronnie Lott, and John Hennessy.
  • Humanity and compassion => happy employees => extraordinary long-term results.
  • Teamwork > individual performance.
  • Don’t demand respect. Earn respect.
  • Let the best idea emerge, but don’t rely on consensus decision-making.
  • Use staff meetings for operational issues. Use 1-on-1 meetings for individual performance.
  • Psychological safety => experimentation => innovation.
  • Truly listen to employees and they will see you care.
  • Don’t tell people what to do. Guide them with probing questions and personal stories.
  • Don’t force people to conform to the dominant culture.
  • Hire for attitude and emotional intelligence, not technical skill.
  • Be a cheerleader for the team.
  • Get to know your team, their families, and their passions.
  • Respect and revere the company founders.
  • Do favors for others whenever you can.

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