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:
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
This book is long, but so good I finished it in 3 days. Phil takes you through his life and times as the "Zen Master". It turns out to be more of a self help book then a biography, but in a good way the reader will enjoy.
I enjoyed this book. Phil goes through each of his championship seasons. He gives insights into Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Kobe, Shaq, and Artest.
My major downside of the book is the performer. It may sound nitpicky but I hate how he mispronounced so many names in the book. Also (and this will sound bad too - I know) I hate the way he says teams record. The Bulls team that went 72-10, he says literally "seventy two ten" instead of "seventy two AND ten". It sounds minor but it become major because he mispronounces team's wins/loss record in this manor every single time. It's very jarring to the ear.
I enjoyed learning about leadership and mentoring from a coaches perspective. I played a lot of sports when I was younger but hadn't thought much about the role a coach plays in a long time. Most the leadership books I've read lately were from entrepreneurs, this was a fresh intriguing perspective!
The book is a lot about the games he coached, from the Bulls to the lakers. Explains the title. But he doesn't just tell the story about each year or game. He doesn't just talk about Michael Jordan and Kobe. With the stories about them and the teams. He gets great messages out. Leadership messages.
This book made me look at my life differently. Made me learn valuable lessons of my past experiencing by using great examples from perineal stories from such basketball legends such as Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen. No one else could give such detailed perspective in the psychology of these great players and dynasty teams than the master himself, Coach Phil Jackson.
Phil Jackson does an excellent job RIA counting his career from his college days with the Bulls and Lakers. great insight to motivating quotes as well as books and authors buried within his book. when trying to learn about dealing with complex personalities strong egos still does a great job teaching an individual how to command the top of the top talent.
Getting to hear that insider perspective that only Phil Jackson can tell us about.
Phil, he's hilarious. A true zen master. I had never thought about coaching before in my life. I played high school basketball but that was about it. Ha, listening to this made me think, hmmm maybe I should take up coaching....
Natural voice. I don't know if he adds to much too it, but his voice is just very pleasant to listen to. I never once caught myself thinking about the narrator. Books in general should be like this, or if you are going to pay attention to the narrator you want it to be in a good way
Laugh several times
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