Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson is the Zen Master’s tale of how leadership, winning championships and spirituality come together.
During his celebrated 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. Significantly more important, he prevailed in never faltering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was labeled as the “Zen Master” half jokingly by sportswriters, yet the epithet addresses a significant truth: this is a mentor who roused, not goaded; who succeeded by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.
This is the tale of an evangelist’s child from North Dakota who grew up to be perhaps the most inventive leaders in recent memory. In his mission to rehash himself, Jackson investigated everything from humanistic brain science and Native American way of thinking to Zen reflection. Simultaneously, he built up another way to deal with leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive universe of elite athletics on its head.
In Eleven Rings, Jackson truly portrays how he:
- Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the hero New York Knicks during the 1970s
- Managed Michael Jordan, the best greatest of all time, and got him to accept selflessness, regardless of whether he won 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” characters to commit themselves to an option that could be bigger than themselves
- Transformed Kobe Bryant from a defiant youngster 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. Everyone knows the amazing stars in those groups, or figure we do. What Eleven Rings shows us, nonetheless, is that when it comes to the most important lessons, we don’t know very much at all.
This book is loaded with disclosures: about captivating characters and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of inspiration and rivalry at the most significant levels; and about the stuff to draw out the best in ourselves as well as other people.
Phil Jackson Books
|Take It All! (w/George Kalinsky)||(1970)||Shop at Amazon|
|Maverick: More Than a Game (w/Charley Rosen)||(1975)||Shop at Amazon|
|Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior (w/Hugh Delehanty)||(1995)||Shop at Amazon|
|More Than a Game (w/Charley Rosen)||(2001)||Shop at Amazon|
|The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul (w/Micahel Arkush)||(2004)||Shop at Amazon|
|Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers||(2010)||Shop at Amazon|
|Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success||(2013)||Shop at Amazon|
Phil Jackson Accomplishments
- 11-time NBA champion coach (1991–1993, 1996–1998, 2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
- 4-time NBA All-Star Game head coach (1992, 1996, 2000, 2009)
- NBA Coach of the Year (1996)
- CBA champion (1984)
- CBA Coach of the Year (1985)
- 2-time NBA champion player (1970, 1973)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (1968)
- 2-time First-team Division II All-American (1966, 1967)
- 2-time NCC Player of the Year (1966, 1967)
- 3-time First-team All-NCC (1965–1967)
About the Author
In addition to his work as a coach, Phil Jackson has authored multiple books about his career. His best known are Sacred Hopps: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior and The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul.
A former editor for Sports Illustrated and People, Hugh Delehanty was also the co-author with Phil Jackson of the bestselling memoir, Sacred Hoops.
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Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby: The definitive biography of the greatest basketball player of all-time.
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant: A personal perspective on the great player’s life and career on the court as well his exceptional, insightful style of playing the game.
Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior by Phil Jackson: Jackson’s modern classic of motivation, teamwork, and Zen insight, written during his time with the Chicago Bulls.
Eleven Rings Podcasts
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversation – Phil Jackson: The Soul of Success: They call him the Zen Master. Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson says that when he began coaching the Chicago Bulls, and later the Los Angeles Lakers, he drew upon the Zen philosophy of mindfulness to help build both teams. He used tai chi, yoga and meditation to help his players live in the moment and put their egos in check. Learn why Phil says, “What I put into the lives of others will come back unto its own.”
Hoops Hype Podcast – Kobe Bryant, Shaq and Phil Jackson stories from the Lakers dynasty with author Jeff Pearlman: Host Michael Scotto and author Jeff Pearlman discuss behind the scenes stories from Pearlman’s new book, Three-Ring Circus.
Topics included the relationship between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry Stackhouse and Kobe’s infamous one-on-one game, and how an Adidas shoe deal influenced Bryant to go to the NBA out of high school. The pair also discussed who Phil Jackson was as a person, Isaiah Rider’s crazy reasons for missing practices, the reason for the breakup of the dynasty in 2004, and Jeanie Buss’ thoughts on the dynasty.