Campbell: Jonathan, I have spoken to a lot of people about you and I really only have one question for you. "Are you coachable?"
Jonathan: That depends. Are you a good coach?
Campbell: Smart alecks are simply NOT coachable!!!
Jonathan: Clearly you know a lot about coaching! I was just joking. Er. Uhm, Er...Sir, people with a sense of humor are coachable aren't they sir? I am just here to listen.... coach.
At that point, I got my first Bill Campbell hug. For the next 14 years Bill gave me his time, his mentorship, his friendship and his deep wisdom. Today I do a lot of coaching and I can work as hard, care as much and advise and hug freely but I can barely begin to live up to Bill's great legacy.
If the Google management team were a band, Bill was it's leader and maestro: "My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man". We will all miss the man.
His contribution to the success of Google and now Alphabet is incalculable. His legacy is the smile that he created on everyones face, and the great leaders of the valley whom he coached. Bill was a truly gifted man, and the world lost a great leader this morning.
To this I can only reply: "Bill, I learned so much from you and you always gave me your advice and then told me to ignore your advice if I disagreed with you and to proceed and not F*** it up."
If burnishing Coach Bill's legacy is a violation of the Campbell playbook I missed that last lesson and will forever go on breaking the rule.
The World’s Best Athletes Need Coaches, and You Don’t?
In the summer of 2002, when Eric had been on the job as Google CEO for about a year, he wrote a self- review of his performance and shared it with his team. The document included highlights (“developed proper business processes”), objectives for the next year (“run the clock faster without compromising the future”), and areas where he could have performed better. The last category included several points, but one self-critique stands out as the most important: Bill Campbell has been very helpful in coaching all of us. In hindsight, his role was needed from the beginning. I should have encouraged this structure sooner, ideally the moment I started at Google.
This was a 180- degree turnaround from a year earlier: When Eric started at Google, board member John Doerr suggested that he work with Bill as his coach. Eric’s reply? “I don’t need a coach. I know what I’m doing.” Whenever you watch a world-class athlete perform, you can be sure that there is a great coach behind her success. It’s not that the coach is better at playing the sport than the player, in fact that is almost never the case. But the coaches have a different skill: They can observe players in action and tell them how to be better. So why is it that in the business world coaches are so unusual? Are we all like Eric when he started at Google, so confident of ourselves that we can’t imagine someone helping us to be better? If so, this is a fallacy.
As a business leader, you need a coach. The first ingredient of a successful coaching relationship is a student who is willing to listen and learn. Just like there are hard-to-coach athletes, there are hard-to-coach executives. But once they get past that initial reticence, they find there are always things to learn. Business coaches, like all coaches, are at heart teachers, and Bill Campbell, the best coach around, tells us he believes that management is a skill that is completely learnable.
For Jonathan, class began right around the time when Larry Page was calling the regimented product plan that he created “stupid.” The following week, Jonathan was sitting in Coach Campbell’s office, wondering why he had ever joined this chaotic start-up and contemplating quitting. Don’t quit, Bill implored him. Stick it out. Maybe you’ll even learn something. For that, and everything else you have done for us, thank you, Coach.
The article rightly suggests "Railing against international trade agreements isn’t going to solve the problem. Nor does it lie in constructing more elaborate economic models. It lies in rethinking how business is being conducted. A good starting point is Albert Einstein’s insight: “The significant problems that we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.”
The quote from HGW is:
“Traditional, MBA-style thinking,” as and write in their book, How Google Works, “dictates that you build up a sustainable competitive advantage over rivals and then close the fortress and defend it with boiling oil and flaming arrows.” That doesn’t work anymore, because competitive advantages are less and less sustainable. The firm has to go on innovating, in order to be continuously successful.
Implementing broad tariffs against low wage manufacturers will simply lead to higher prices in the US. Basic economic theory suggests that goods and services requiring low levels of skill will flow to countries that can most effectively compete by supplying acceptable products and services at lower prices -- cotton tee-shirts from Vietnam and customer support call centers in India -- while countries that possess more highly skilled workers and more capital (both intellectual and financial) will focus on producing more complex goods and services. Advanced computer hardware and software, bioengineering, advances in alternative energy, finely produced timepieces in Switzerland, beautifully designed leather goods from France and Italy (this is not to suggest that Europe can only succeed with high-end luxury apparel and accessories).
Free markets typically result in goods and services produced in countries that can do so most efficiently. This in no way excuses dumping products into other markets below cost. And despite the statement that free markets -- and by extension, free trade agreements -- will disperse development and production towards those countries that are most efficient, there will always be certain industries deemed "strategically important" to a host nation, such as the auto industry and ensuing bailout, defense contractors, certain technology firms in the US, where maintaining national production capabilitiy is considered more important than cost or other efficiency.
My recall of my Stanford macro-economics may be off a bit, but I think most of this piece stands. As a country, we must help displaced workers with education, training and job opportunities. As a broad and perhaps poor generation, an Appalachian coal miner may not have the skills or interest to become a software programmer, but we have a crumbling national infrastructure that needs to be fixed. And his/her current skill set, combined with additional training, may be much more transferable towards addressing issues we have at home.
Blanket assertions by politicians will get us nowhere. Trump could launch a massive worldwide recession with his ignorant ideas. But we may be able to count on a near-worthless Congress (House and Senate) to constrain the potential damage. Congress has demonstrated a great ability to get absolutely nothing done, except to exacerbate partisan tensions to the piont that "compromise" is now a damning word. Hell, Reagan and Tip O'Neill had much different priorities, but they were able beneath the headlines to work together at times. Neither of the "presumptive" candidates excites me at all, and the ability of a president to enact meaningful change is overblown, especially when coupled with a completely malfunctioning congress. As I conclude this meandering discourse, I will say the Trump scares the hell out of me. His supposed business 'acumen' won't make him an effective president. Trump runs a private company built by his father, a firm with little oversight, accountability, and a well-hidden track record. He has been most successful as a "barker", marketing himself across licensing deals and a reality TV shoe. I see zero skills transferable to serving as president of the US.
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A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share
Here's an idea for raising government revenue whose time may have come. Instead of taxing the income of the wealthy, tax investment transact
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96.5 gb wow i'm starting a fund... for me... to get whatever took this.. i'm sure all of LL will pitch in thanks ahead of time lol