“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Helen Keller
I confess, I’m a reader. But I have to do my business reading early in the am. At night I always risk the book hitting me in the head.
A book I’m reading with some serious wisdom: Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle.
What it’s about: Bill Campbell started as a football coach but before his career ended, he became a superstar CEO who was so effective that he became the individual and team coach for Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and many of the other innvovators in Silicon Valley.
Why it’s a good read: Bill was a global thinker. He thought about how to make things better for everyone – not just the client, not just the company, not just the employees- but everyone – even the middlemen.
He worked with many executives to help them understand how to develop their people and teams. He summed this up by stating: “Build communities inside and outside of work. A place is much stronger when people are connected. Be generous and learn to enjoy helping others.”
Through the stories of his work with the people who built Google, Intuit, Apple, etc., his work building the teams, teaching respect, appreciation and team coaching and above all – to pay close attention to the things that make us human – love, respect, appreciation and listening.These are the drivers for positive business outcomes and are so often ignored.
You might also enjoy: Tim Ferris’s Podcast Interview with Eric Schmidt of Google: l listen to podcasts in the car. I find them an amazing resource for ideas and learning.
An idea I’m playing around with right now: Mastermind Dinners to connect those who should know each other, widen the arc of understanding and create conversations that otherwise might never occur- where magic happens.