Bill Campbell — legendary “coach,” business executive and mentor who passed away in 2016 — led companies such as Google, Apple and Intuit. But it’s how he shaped the lives of some of tech’s biggest players that is his greatest legacy.
The team behind the best-selling book “How Google Works,” Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle, will release their new book “Trillion Dollar Coach: Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Elite Entrepreneurs” about Campbell’s legacy on Tuesday, April 16.
Along with PACT, I’m excited to welcome them to the Philadelphia Film Center this Monday as they join us for a stop on their book tour on Monday morning.
As leaders at Google for over a decade, Schmidt, Rosenberg and Eagle experienced firsthand how Campbell developed trusting relationships, fostered personal growth, infused courage and emphasized operational excellence. “Trillion Dollar Coach” presents specific strategies and action steps to help leaders implement Campbell’s principles and emulate his winning approach.
Campbell quietly guided many of Silicon Valley’s top tech leaders including Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Schmidt, Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz and Sheryl Sandberg. By distilling the essence of over 80 interviews with mentees of “the coach,” Schmidt, Rosenberg and Eagle present Campbell’s essential lessons for success.
Campbell believed in diversity before diversity was a popular topic in the corporate sphere, recognizing that it is a vital part of building an innovative culture. It is by including the contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds and thoughts that true innovation can occur, he said.
Campbell also believed in the power of love — that by bringing love into a corporate culture, and caring about individuals’ experiences at work and in their personal lives, businesses will experience a stronger sense of community. The love Campbell believed in supports growth for individuals, teams, businesses and the community at large.
Hear Schmidt, Rosenberg and Eagle speak about these values and share other insights during Monday’s panel discussion, moderated by Mark Tykocinski, the MD provost, executive VP for academic affairs, and dean of Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
As Philadelphia’s tech community grows, we can all benefit from Campbell’s legacy. The goal of Create X Change, a curator of creative classes and events, is to bring world-class experts to Philadelphia to spur conversation and coopetition in the innovation the community. I love inviting New York Times’ bestselling authors and global thought leaders to Philadelphia to share ideas with our burgeoning business and tech community.
I hope you’ll join us on Monday.
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