Eleven Rings

Eleven Rings

The Soul of Success

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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 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.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, [2013].
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781594205118
Characteristics: 356 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly coloured) ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Delehanty, Hugh 1949-- Author
Alternative Title: 11 rings

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ChristchurchLib Aug 20, 2013

"Basketball coach Phil Jackson won 11 championship rings in the NBA while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, and became known for applying his own brand of spirituality to his coaching technique. In Eleven Rings, he explains how he developed a spiritual framework that provided the foundation for his winning formula and enabled him to manage such individualistic superstars as Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, and Michael Jordan. Basketball fans will relish the details in this inspirational memoir, including coaching technique, tidbits about the players, and Jackson's personal views." August 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=667868

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Jul 11, 2013

One of the best books by a superstar coach ever written, easily equal in importance to Bill Walsh's landmark books. Jackson accomplished the impossible, persuading Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Bryant, and O'Neal to perform as brother warriors. This is note merely a nice story; it is historical. The world has entered an age of energy-awareness in which the welfare of the individual will increasingly be the seen as more important than the health of institutions. Walsh and Jackson, more than any other coaches, have led the way.

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