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
An amazing story of how to approach the challenges of the mind.
An excellent combination of Zen principles and documentary into the challenges, growth and triumphs of some of the greatest athletes.
Una Historia real y detallada de un líder con capacidad de tener paz y tranquilidad, que algunas veces también se equivocó, perdió, lidió con problemas y supo salir adelante e inspirar a su equipo.
Listened to this book while driving thru Michigan to cross country ski thru the state. Amazing to hear how Phil coached the Bulls and Lakers using his holistic approach of Zen Buddhism, bible references, psychology, and other systems that focus on emotional intelligence instead of technical ability.
Near the top.
Conversation with MJ and Kobe
Conversation with MJ and Kobe
If you like basketball it is a must read.
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
His ability to find different ways to motivate each player on his team.
The history was great and the stories were fabulous. I really enjoyed the leadership tips from the book
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.
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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