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Eleven Rings Audiobook

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

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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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    tod 12-17-16
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    "How's your "locker room "?"

    As a senior business leader I found great wisdom and actionable ideas for leading our team to break down walls of doubt and mistrust with goals of gaining the kind of trust that can make our team the best we can be.

    I'd suggest that each of us has a "locker room" that's representative of our families too.

    How much better could our families function if we could break down communications barriers creating opportunity for real trust and collaboration to thrive?!

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    Tomer 12-13-16
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    "LA Native Disappointed in this Book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am native of the Los Angeles Area. I grew up during the three-peat of Shaq and Kobe and the two championships secured under the leadership of Kobe. I was really excited to dive head first into the mind of the coach that lead my beloved team to victory. BUT, I was disappointed.

    When I read a autobiography, I am searching for the intimate thoughts going through the mind of the individual. Phil only provided me with his surface level feelings, emotions, and beliefs. Many times throughout the book he provides lists of his beliefs. I hate when information was given to me in such a dry manner.

    Nonetheless, I was taken aback by the indirect method players, coaches, and front-office executives communicated during conflict situations. Many a times throughout Phil's retelling of events, he describes a scene that one individual gave a bashful comment to the media insulting another peer rather than directly approaching the individual and settling the conflict like an adult. I guess this style of communication is tough when you are constantly surrounded by millions of reporters.

    If your just looking for an account of the facts with a bit of the Philosophy of Phil, this is the book for you. If your a die-hard Lakers or Bulls Fan, this is the book for you. Still, dont expect to find any eye-opening spinets from this mediocre read.


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    techieguy 12-10-16
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    "Wish It would of been 12 rings"

    Very good book by Phil about his coaching tine with the Bulls and Lakers. I was a big Laker fan and was curious as to what happened behind the scene of those championship teams. This book really gave an inside look at what it took for those Bull and Laker team to become Champions. If I had to change anything it would of been ending since I wanted Lakers to 3 peat. That was out of Phil hand but I do wish he had narrated the book I really think had he done so it would of been a lot better to listen to. But overall it was a good book.

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    Mike Lilburn, GA, USA 11-21-16
    Mike Lilburn, GA, USA 11-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Lots of basketball"

    I read the book to learn about leadership and some other learnings about things Phil Jackson is known for, like meditation and mindfulness. it's in there, but you have to wade through a lot of basketball stories to find it. More basketball than anything else. if you like the Bulls and Lakers you will find it interesting.

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    Damien Orozco Los Angeles, CA 10-14-16
    Damien Orozco Los Angeles, CA 10-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Lessons from a Great Leader"

    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.

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    Kamara 10-13-16
    Kamara 10-13-16
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    "Great read"

    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.

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    fabian 09-29-16
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    "Entertaining and insightful"

    If you like to pears into Phils coaching style and basketball career this is the book for you. I will look into more Phil Jacksons books now.

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    Leslie Greenwood 09-29-16
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    "Dealing with EGOS."

    Goes over the ups & downs of each championship & how he dealt with it. Good insight on how he did his leadership.

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    Brian Austin 09-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    page turner if there is such a thing in the audiobook world ...I leaned alot

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    CJ 08-24-16
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    "Great stories, good insight"

    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.

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