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.
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 print. He began this volume around the same time as his second autobiography, Finding the Winning Edge, in 1998. However, when Walsh returned to the 49ers' front office in 1999, he put aside the manuscript. He died soon after renewing the project. Coauthor Jamison contacted Walsh's son Craig, and the project was restarted with the addition of Craig's perspective as well as contributions from five of Walsh's favorite players and coaches. Walsh taught some classes at Stanford's business school, and the primary topic here is leadership expressed through many illustrative examples from his 49ers coaching career. The book is arranged in a fully outlined business-manager style and covers Walsh's five major elements of leadership: setting a standard of performance, innovation and planning, fundamentals of leadership, interacting with people, and self-assessment. Verdict This will be of interest primarily to 49ers fans and to readers interested in the nexus of football coaching and business management.-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
This posthumous leadership guide by the acclaimed head coach of the San Francisco 49ers is a fascinating compendium of Walsh's philosophy, as compiled by his son and Jamison (coauthor of Wooden) from interviews and private notes. Interspersed with the coach-turned-leadership guru's insights into management are pieces by football greats Joe Montana and Randy Cross and former colleagues John McVay, Mike White and Bill McPherson. Walsh reveals a simple and strict philosophy that prizes people above all and focuses on core values, principles and ideals. His philosophy centers on three beliefs: organizational ethics are critical; everyone, regardless of their position, must perform at the highest possible level; and teaching should be a top priority for any leader. He shares his unique "Standard of Performance" and offers valuable advice on communication and priorities. Enlightening, informative and engaging, this powerful book is a must-read for executives and managers at every level. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"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
-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.