Data Sheet—The Tech Industry’s Greatest Coach

It has been three years since Silicon Valley lost one of its greats, Bill Campbell, the former Intuit CEO, Apple board member, executive coach to the great and less-great, and billionaire beer drinker. I wrote about how much he meant to me--and many, many others--immediately after his death. A few months later, we assembled some of his prominent mentees for a tribute panel at Brainstorm Tech in Aspen, Colo.

Now one of the most famous executives Campbell advised, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, has co-authored a book, Trillion-Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell. It is getting good marks, including this fun piece by Yahoo's Andy Serwer, who explains my role in introducing him to Campbell. Serwer, the last managing editor of Fortune, then assigned Jennifer Reingold to write a feature about Campbell, still the best single account of his illustrious career and complicated personality. The Wall Street Journal also published a good interview with Schmidt, who explains some of Campbell's folksy advice. This includes: 'If you make a mistake, admit it, and do it right now. And if you didn't make a mistake, don't admit it.'

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