Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson

By Phil Jackson

The inside of tale of 1 of basketball's such a lot mythical and game-changing figures

A New York occasions bestseller

in the course of his storied profession as head trainer of the Chicago Bulls and la Lakers, Phil Jackson gained extra championships than any trainer within the background activities. much more vital, he succeeded in by no means wavering from training his method, from a spot of deep values. Jackson was once tagged because the “Zen grasp” part in jest by way of sportswriters, however the nickname speaks to a big fact: it is a trainer who encouraged, no longer goaded; who led via awakening and not easy the higher angels of his avid gamers’ nature, no longer their egos, worry, or greed.

this can be the tale of a preacher’s child from North Dakota who grew as much as be the most cutting edge leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored every little thing from humanistic psychology and local American philosophy to Zen meditation. within the approach, he constructed a brand new method of management in line with freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that grew to become the hypercompetitive international activities on its head.

In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he:

   •  discovered the secrets and techniques of mindfulness and staff chemistry whereas taking part in for the champion ny Knicks within the 1970s
   •  controlled Michael Jordan, the best participant on the earth, and obtained him to embody selflessness, whether it intended wasting a scoring title
   •  solid winning groups out of gamers of various talents via getting them to belief each other and practice in sync
   •  encouraged Dennis Rodman and different “uncoachable” personalities to commit themselves to anything better than themselves
   •  reworked Kobe Bryant from a rebellious youngster right into a mature chief of a championship team.
Eleven instances, Jackson led his groups to the final word aim: the NBA championship—six occasions with the Chicago Bulls and 5 instances with the la Lakers. we know the mythical stars on these groups, or imagine we do. What 11 Rings exhibits us, despite the fact that, is that after it involves an important classes, we don’t comprehend a great deal in any respect. This ebook is stuffed with revelations: approximately interesting personalities and their force to win; in regards to the wellsprings of motivation and festival on the maximum degrees; and approximately what it takes to carry out the easiest in ourselves and others.

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But he’d scoffed at the idea, claiming that all those guys were interested in were cars and women. Now he was making an effort to connect more closely with his teammates and figure out how to forge them into a more cohesive team. Of course, it helped that the team’s other cocaptain—Derek Fisher—was a natural leader with exceptional emotional intelligence and finely tuned management skills. A. after free-agent gigs with the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz. Though Fish wasn’t as quick or as inventive as some of the younger point guards in the league, he was strong, determined, and fearless, with a rock-solid character.

When this happens, the whole begins to add up to more than the sum of its parts. Example: We had a player on the Lakers who loved to chase down balls on defense. If his mind was focused on scoring points at the other end of the floor instead of on making steals, he wouldn’t be able to perform either task very well. But when he committed himself to playing defense, his teammates covered for him on the other end, because they knew intuitively what he was going to do. Then, all of a sudden, everybody was able to hit their rhythm, and good things began to happen.

This is about how much good these things are,” he said, dropping the pages on the floor. That’s why he wanted us to learn to play defense together better, because once you did that, he believed, the offense would take care of itself. In Red’s view, awareness was the secret to good defense. He stressed keeping your eye on the ball at all times and being acutely attuned to what was happening on the floor. The Knicks weren’t as big as other teams; nor did we have an overpowering shot blocker like the Celtics’ Bill Russell.

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