Bill Walsh’s Winning Ways

The Editors of New Word City

Bill Walsh was never a businessman. But business has much to learn from the brilliant head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, whose three Super Bowl championship rings confirm the fans’ savvy in nicknaming him “The Genius.” Time after time, Walsh used meticulous planning and training to turn ordinary teams into giant-killers, ready and able to trounce more talented opponents.

Consider that unforgettable moment in Walsh legend known simply as “The Catch.” With only 51 seconds left in the 1981–82 conference championship game, San Francisco trailed the Dallas Cowboys 27 to 21. Defeat—or victory—lay ...

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