Eleven Rings: The Soul of SuccessPaperback
- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Format: Paperback | 370 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 24mm | 380g
- Publication date: 29 April 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0143125346
- ISBN 13: 9780143125341
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: black & white halftones, colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 5,292
A "New York Times "bestseller 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 is arguably the greatest coach in the history of the NBA. His reputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989-1998; during his tenure, Chicago won six NBA titles. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five NBA titles, from 2000 to 2010. He holds the record for the most championships in NBA history as a player and a head coach. He also has the highest winning percentage of any NBA coach (.704). Jackson was a player on the 1970 and 1973 NBA champion New York Knicks. In 2007 Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. A former editor for "Sports Illustrated" and "People, " HUGH DELEHANTY is the co-author with Phil Jackson of the bestselling memoir, "Sacred Hoops."
By Gabor Racz 05 Jul 2014
Great book, not only for those who love basketball but for those who wants to know more about professional sport, players' mentality and behaviour. Nevertheless, for basketball fans it's highly recommended!
"Through candor and comprehensiveness, Jackson writes a convincing revisionist take, in which he emerges as an excellent coach...highly readable...reflects Jackson's polymathy."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Part sports memoir, part New Age spirit quest, part pseudo-management tract...But the primary thing with Jackson -- as with all the old bards, who were also known for repeating themselves -- is the voice."--Sam Anderson, "The New York Times Magazine" "The legendary Bulls and Lakers leader's new book finally enlightened me to Jackson's lifelong dedication to the game."--"The Atlantic" "He tells you at different times to see beyond what is seen and to hear the unheard...applicable to groups in any walk of life."--"The Bleacher Report"