Bill Campbell, a legendary mentor and executive coach to many of Silicon Valley’s biggest achievers died last April. During FORTUNE’s recent Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, a few of his mentorees paid tribute to his impact on their lives and the tech industry.
One was Emil Michael, SVP of business at Uber. He shared one lesson from Bill who he remembers as tough, but caring. Campbell taught me to “be brave” about things like layoffs during difficult times. “You need to lean into hard problems because they won’t go away,” says Michael.
This is one of several leadership lessons from Bill Campbell – reminding us to go big or go home.
So what does “lean into hard problems” mean?