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
If I learn from others and can tell others what I have learned. You never know who will gain some knowledge from you that they needed!
A book which if you actively listen to the lessons in the stories, will lead to great wisdom on leadership and success required to have the attitude and results of a winner.
For anyone interested in leadership and success, this is a helpful piece of literature by someone who has done it repeatedly himself.
If you're a basketball fan you'd appreciate it more.
This was a very interesting book to listen to in various ways. The first couple chapters go over Phil's philosophies to success and the remaining are a timeline of each of his years of coaching. If you love MJ or Kobe, or really just a basketball nut, you'll love this book. I did feel there were a few chapters that didn't paint the whole picture of what else was going on with the teams and Phil is made out to look like a knight in shining armour in this, but overall I think his stories were mostly accurate.
As an NBA fan for 50 years, I found the story both insightful and entertaining. The historical aspects from Phil Jackson were worth the cost alone. The personal leadership insights were unexpected and frosting on a marvelous cake. This was a book that was easy to come back to whenever life interrupted.
I'm glad I bought the book. I expect to listen to it several more times.
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.
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