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Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success | [Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty]

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations.
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Publisher's Summary

During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the "Zen master" half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players' nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.

This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head.

In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he:

  • Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s
  • Managed Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title
  • Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync
  • Inspired Dennis Rodman and other "uncoachable" personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves
  • Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team.

Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know the legendary stars on those teams, or think we do. What Eleven Rings shows us, however, is that when it comes to the most important lessons, we don't know very much at all. This book is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others.

©2013 Phil Jackson & Hugh Delehanty (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Robert S. Wegener Orinda, CA 07-12-13
    Robert S. Wegener Orinda, CA 07-12-13 Member Since 2012

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    Phil Jackson is the "Zen Master" and the narrator, Matt Walton sounds like "Monster Truck Dude." The number of names mispronounced should be embarrassing to not only the narrator himself, but to everybody who put their stamp of approval on this audio project. It was actually distracting!

    Also, I would bet a fair amount of coin that Matt Walton has never played a sport in his life, which is not a requirement to do good voice work, EXCEPT WHEN YOU NARRATE A BOOK CENTERED AROUND SPORTS! When reading the team's record, he would take what is written in the book, 21-5 for example, and read it as, "The team's record was twenty one five", instead of saying twenty one and five!

    I enjoyed the book, was able to power through Matt Walton's shortcomings to get Phil Jackson's messages. My big takeaway was that it was an excellent coaching book, even without any x's and o's. I bought a few of the hardback copies for myself and a some fellow coaching buddies.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 02-23-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 02-23-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Zen of coaching"

    Basketball, leadership, and life lessons from coach Phil as he molds the competing larger than life egos into the right teams for the team at the time. Always looked for how to get the most out of each player and pushed them constant on and off the court evolution. The stories of the different players with the demons they fought and the different game strategies for key match ups made for an absorbing read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 06-01-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 06-01-13 Member Since 2012

    So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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    "Not as deep as I hoped for"

    I was hoping for a look inside Phil Jackson. I love the way a good memoir sheds so much light on who the person is and what events have made them who they are. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that Phil didn't really open up and bare his soul, it's just not the kind of guy he is.

    The book was basically a summary of Phil Jackson's playing and coaching career. He recapped the major games and personnel moves his teams made each season, but that was it. When I purchased this book I thought he could go two directions in it. He could reveal the deep personal journey it was for him as an NBA coach, or he could delve into the strategic X and O elements of coaching that made him stand alone as the coach with more championships than anyone else. I thought it would be great whichever direction he went. Instead, this book just scratched the surface of both elements, and was pretty much of summary of his career. He's lived an incredible life so it was interesting, just not awesome.

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    Troy Durham, NC, United States 01-20-14
    Troy Durham, NC, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Insider information you won't find anywhere else"
    Where does Eleven Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eleven Rings?

    Conversation with MJ and Kobe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Conversation with MJ and Kobe


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like basketball it is a must read.

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    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-13-13
    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Part Basketball, Part Management & Part Leadership"
    Where does Eleven Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eleven Rings?

    His ability to find different ways to motivate each player on his team.


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    Philip bolivar, MO, United States 11-09-13
    Philip bolivar, MO, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "More than baskeball"
    Would you listen to Eleven Rings again? Why?

    Yes and I will. Phil Jackson teaches his players about life and not just basketball, that's why his teams worked and why they swear by him. This isn't a basketball book, though there is a ton of basketball in it. It contains priceless wisdom for young men and aspiring leaders.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jackson.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    I work for a non-profit in the St.Louis area counseling boys from under-serviced areas in St.Louis. This is a book I recommend for them to read. They love basketball, they respect the name Phil Jackson and they take this book's live lesson's to heart when they read it. I highly recommend this book for young men.

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    Bill MC CORDSVILLE, IN, United States 07-15-13
    Bill MC CORDSVILLE, IN, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Eleven Rings?

    The history was great and the stories were fabulous. I really enjoyed the leadership tips from the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None


    How could the performance have been better?

    Learn how to pronounce the names. When John Salley was said to be on the Pistons, his name was pronounced "Sa-lee" but was pronounced correctly when he was with the Lakers. Also, in Robert Horry's name, the 'H' is silent. There were other things as well. I fault the producers in this, because it has happened in sports books before.


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    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-07-13
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book - easy read"

    The best television watching I've done in my life was during the great Chicago Bulls run. I read this book not so much as a basketball fan, but a fan of good, available entertainment. This book continues that tradition. Phil Jackson is a great coach, tells a great story, and works with his reader in an productive, cooperative way. I learned a lot about dealing with difficult people, too. Phil Jackson deserves to tell his story, and tells it well.

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    Henry BOTHELL, WA, United States 06-21-13
    Henry BOTHELL, WA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Eleven Rings. Nuff said."
    Would you listen to Eleven Rings again? Why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gaining insight into the teams and personalities that Phil coached. Understanding how he got multiple superstars to work together toward a common goal.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Matt Walton?

    Yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Finding Zen


    Any additional comments?

    Might be a good read for a youth basketball coach.

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    Dominick Auburn, WA, United States 06-12-13
    Dominick Auburn, WA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Well, this is me!

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    "Must Read for Basketball Historian Buffs"
    Where does Eleven Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the first audiobooks I've had so I can't really compare it to others.


    What other book might you compare Eleven Rings to and why?

    Biography of Michael Jordan. It goes deeper into how he grew up and became who he is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Phil Jackson discovering his spirituality throughout his life and describing how he implemented this knowledge on the basketball court.


    Any additional comments?

    The greatest coach of all time gives behind the scene looks of his championship teams and even his teams that had failed. The Zenmaster reveals his secrets!

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