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
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.
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.
It made me think.
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.
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.
Gaining insight into the teams and personalities that Phil coached. Understanding how he got multiple superstars to work together toward a common goal.
Might be a good read for a youth basketball coach.
Well, this is me!
This is one of the first audiobooks I've had so I can't really compare it to others.
Biography of Michael Jordan. It goes deeper into how he grew up and became who he is.
Phil Jackson discovering his spirituality throughout his life and describing how he implemented this knowledge on the basketball court.
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!
Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.
"The soul of success is surrendering to what is" - Phil Jackson.
This book's soul is a success. Whether you are looking for leadership or a good sports story, you will find in here.
The book chronicles the two time frames in Phil Jackson's life as a couch which has touched multiple generations. Whether you know him from the Bulls/Jordan times or the Lakers/Kobe, you will recognize a time period in your life and remember it. It talks about his leadership principles and management styles on both teams. You get insight into his mind and how he viewed the whole.
If you are looking for a pure "star" story, you won't find it here. It's about the team. While MJ and Kobe are central figures on both teams, you will quickly learn that wasn't what made Phil as successful as a leader, couch, and in life. You will find many stories about personalities, dealing with adversity, and strategy.
You will also find a sports fan dream in getting a glimpse into two of the most historical teams in sports of all time. This is a quiet dream of most that have ever played or been fanatical about the team. It actually answers the fabled and constantly screamed question, "WHY DID HE DO THAT!?" during a big game.
Matt Walton did a great job as a narrator. His speaking is well paced and his tones are enjoyable. He actually seems to blend well with the words and at no point does his narration take you out of Phil's stories.
This book is one of my new favorites and will read it again. Do yourself a favor, feed your soul and pick this up. You won't regret it.
I read a lot of reviews prior to selecting a book. I value my time too much to spend it reading a lemon. I hope my reviews will be helpful as you look for your next book
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.
As a Chicago Bulls fan, I thought I would just listen to the Chicago years and forego the Lakers section. However, I found the Laker stories more interesting. I have more respect for the man after listening to this audiobook. He talked about his flaws almost as much as his successes. I didn't want the book to end.
The narrator needs to learn to pronounce the athletes' names. He butchered half the names in the book.
I would recommend this book to any bulls or lakers fan. I wish however that the reader knew how to read a win loss record.
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