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Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office Hardcover – 14 Oct 2014
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“Bill McDermott has had a hugely successful career—from Xerox to SAP. In this very human book, he describes the secrets that led to this success.” (Jack Welch)
"Bill McDermott is my good friend because, like me, in spite of great success, he never forgot his humble beginnings. The hardships and challenges his family experienced when Bill was a young boy motivated and inspired him to become the man he is today. Read this book and you too will be motivated and inspired." (Tony Bennett)
"Bill McDermott's story shows how to grow a business as well as a career with authenticity and respect. A heartfelt read, there is much to learn from Bill's journey.” (Howard Schultz, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Starbucks Coffee Company)
"Bill McDermott sees ambition and compassion as comrades in the workplace rather than competitors. That’s rare. He claims it's just common sense… but I claim it's the Irish in him." (Bono, lead singer of U2 and (RED) co-founder.)
"Bill McDermott shares his blueprint for winning in business and in life with a level of authenticity that reflects the Zeitgeist of our times. The world opens its arms to gifted leaders who don't push change but who skillfully release the astonishing capacities of a team to transform their dreams into possibilities and possibilities into destiny. His insights into dealing with adversity and disappointment show his courage to embrace vulnerability and humility. His pearls of wisdom for business leaders follow the same arc of excellence as his grandfather's legendary ability of sinking consecutive shots from mid-court. A truly thoughtful, exceptional and meaningful read." (Gerhard Gschwandtner, CEO of Selling Power)
“Bill McDermott understands that success is ultimately about the journey—and his has been extraordinary.” (Tory Burch)
"Bill McDermott is a rare breed of leader who has used challenges in business and life to galvanize teams and create often unprecedented results. After interviewing over 400 top CEOs, I strongly recommend Winners Dream as a must read for every CEO, their board, executives and sales teams. Filled with practical insights, Winners Dream presents tools, philosophies and inspiration to help any person, team or enterprise control their own destiny." (Robert Reiss, Host & CEO of The CEO Show)
"Boston College’s Chief Executives’ Club of Boston has hosted hundreds of CEOs from around the globe including Bill McDermott of SAP, who stands out from the crowd as a visionary leader with a moral compass. Through poignant personal stories, Bill shares life lessons that will resonate for anyone reading his biography “Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office,” whether they are running a Fortune 500 company or starting a paper route. Easily accessible and filled with humor and insight, this book, and the stories Bill shares, illustrates that business success is possible without deviating from one’s core values." (Warren K. Zola, Executive Director of CEO Club of Boston)
“McDermott emphasizes that a never-satisfied curiosity was the primary quality that enabled him to meet his customers’ needs and further his own goals. His wisdom should prove valuable to readers at every level of their careers, or in life in general.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Bill McDermott is the CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company. Before joining SAP in 2002, McDermott served as executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations at Siebel Systems and president of Gartner, Inc., where he led the company’s core operations. He spent seventeen years at Xerox Corporation, where he rose from a sales professional to become the company’s youngest corporate officer and division president. McDermott holds an MBA in business management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and he completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.See all Product description
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The message and examples in this book are what really caught me. Learning about where Bill McDermott came from in his humble beginnings to reaching the level of success that he is at now is amazing. There are many ideas that are cited which really layout what to do or ideas of what you can do when it comes to being successful. The biggest take away I got from this book is that people mater, from the person who cleans the bath room to top level CEO's, everyone has a hand in making an organization successful, but we have to believe that and live it. Be it working for a company or starting your own, there are good ideas that are shared in this book.
It really is amazing that when you think about where Bill McDermott came from, very humble beginnings, to a very high level of success. It was not because it was given to him or he was chosen. He worked very hard, believed in what he did, and never let failure stop him. If he can reach the level of success and fulfillment he is presently at, why not you?
The reason I am giving it 4 stars is because it gets VERY obvious that this book was edited / parts of it were written to serve as a mean for Bill McDermott to be successful in his current role. Especially the second half of the book has many insights from sales theory very harshly incorporated into what is supposed to be a biography.
Still - as Bill McDermott acknowledges the book wasn't entirely written by himself and the fact that his life really has given him and his family quite some harsh lessons - it's easy to not blame him for wanting to be a successful CEO. This was - all in all - his dream.