Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson
The Soul of Success

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Readers looking for a motivational push will be most pleased; basketball fans hankering for insider stories on some historic teams will be disappointed.
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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 1970sManaged Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring titleForged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in syncInspired Dennis Rodman and other “uncoachable” personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselvesTransformed 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.
 

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Phil Jackson was born in Deer Lodge, Montana on September 17, 1945. He graduated from the University of North Dakota. He played professional basketball for 11 seasons with the New York Knicks. After coaching in the Canadian Basketball Association and serving as the Chicago Bulls assistant coach for two years, he became the Bulls coach from 1989-1998. He coached the Bulls to six championships in the eight seasons between 1990-91 and 1997-98. He was the coach for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2004 and from 2005 to 2011. He has written several books including The Last Season, which describes his point of view of the tensions that surrounded the 2003-04 Lakers team, and Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior, which is about mindful basketball and delineates his personal philosophy as well as his coaching and leadership style, based on Eastern and Native American principles. Jackson is also the author of Eleven Rings: The Soul of Successs.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by Penguin Books. 386 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Apr 08 2013

Readers looking for a motivational push will be most pleased; basketball fans hankering for insider stories on some historic teams will be disappointed.

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Reviewed by MARC TRACY on May 31 2013

Most of the players, several of whom were interviewed for the book and speak about Jackson, are transparent cutouts.

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Publishers Weekly

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Readers looking for a motivational push will be most pleased; basketball fans hankering for insider stories on some historic teams will be disappointed.

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Reviewed by Eric Koreen on Jul 05 2013

...Jackson’s observations stop short of fascinating because he never sincerely questions his own assumptions and beliefs.

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Reviewed by Eric Koreen on Jul 05 2013

When you have had as much success as Jackson has, such conclusions are probably unavoidable. But Jackson’s observations stop short of fascinating because he never sincerely questions his own assumptions and beliefs.

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