Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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.
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Phil Jackson is the only person in history who has more NBA championship rings for coaching than he has fingers. (He also has two more rings for playing, but that, as they say, is another story.) In his first book in almost nine years, this shoo-in Hall of Famer writes about his twenty years as a professional head coach and the lessons that it has taught him about leadership, volatile personalities, values, and team chemistry. Both informative and constructive, Eleven Rings can be read either as a sports book or a guide to leadership. A Barnes & Noble bestseller; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

The New York Times Book Review - Marc Tracy
Among other things, Eleven Rings…effectively rebuts the calumny that Jackson did little more than speak confusing nothings into the ears of his supertalented players. It also dispenses with the slander that Jackson was mainly somebody who found an interesting people-management tool, and that anyone armed with it would have coached 11 championship teams had he, too, been able to put Jordan and Bryant on the floor. Instead, through candor and comprehensiveness, Jackson writes a convincing revisionist take, in which he emerges as an excellent coach: inventive with the game, savvy with the gamesmanship and, yes, brilliant with his sensational players…The book is a little long…but highly readable…
Publishers Weekly
Jackson won 11 championships as an NBA head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, a feat all the more impressive, and complicated, given that he had to manage superstar personalities like Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in L.A. and Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in Chicago, none of whom was eternally ready to embrace the group effort required in basketball. As a coach, Jackson’s method was to encourage individuality within the team, a paradigm that required flexibility on his end, whether it was embracing the human id known as Dennis Rodman or sharpening his teams’ focus by practicing mindfulness meditation. Jackson’s seventh book, which traces his path from North Dakota ministers’ son to his current legendary status, memorably describes how he tamed the delicate nature of a basketball team. While the book has a nice amount of material detailing the exhausting mental effort required to lead a team—things were so corrosive with Bryant early on, that the coach dreamt of spanking him—Jackson doesn’t offer nearly enough of himself, so the book feels more like a marketing tool meant to polish his public profile as a sagacious Zen master of tall men. Readers looking for a motivational push will be most pleased; basketball fans hankering for insider stories on some historic teams will be disappointed. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
Library Journal
Jackson, again with Delehanty, who coauthored Jackson’s previous book, Sacred Hoops, seems to have intended this as a memoir of how he became one of the most successful coaches ever in any sport. He starts by describing his early years as a basketball player and coach, but then the book becomes a series of short professional summaries of his years as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, mostly focusing on the respective teams’ playoff and championship runs. The facts of those games have been covered in the many books about Jackson, Michael Jordan, the Bulls, or the Lakers, yet Jackson offers few new insights here into his coaching or his relationships with his players; for example, he mentions his use of team meditation sessions but doesn’t go further to describe how, why, or whether that approach worked. Readers likewise may be left wondering how and why Jackson succeeded so extensively when most coaches are lucky to have one championship ring.

Verdict Even casual NBA fans will find few new stories here. It’s an okay introduction for those sports fans who know little about Jackson or the teams and players he coached. Most readers will do better with older books such as Sam Smith’s The Jordan Rules.—Derek Sanderson, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101617960
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 22,636
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Phil Jackson

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.


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  • Posted May 23, 2013

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    Phil Jackson is a fine writer. His latest book "Eleven Ring

    Phil Jackson is a fine writer. His latest book "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success" is another great one. The Zen-Master does a fine job recounting his 20 year NBA coaching career. He coached some of the greatest players to play the game: Jordan, Kobe, Pippen, Shaq, and Rodman (among others). The psychology of how he got the best out of his players is amazing to read.

    21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

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    This isn't a book about sports. It's a book about creating relat

    This isn't a book about sports. It's a book about creating relationships and forming a unified tribe mentality. It is such an incredibly well told story. I highly recommend this book.

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

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    Definitely a book worth reading. Phil Jackson is a masterful sto

    Definitely a book worth reading. Phil Jackson is a masterful storyteller. His account of his 20 year NBA coaching career is wonderfully entertaining even if he comes across as something of a know-it-all at times.

    19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

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    One of the most interesting basketball books I've read - not onl

    One of the most interesting basketball books I've read - not only basketball, but leadership as well.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    I don't even read books but this got me into reading more, Phil

    I don't even read books but this got me into reading more, Phil doesn't only talk about basketball in this book, he talks about life.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    his book "Eleven Rings." I won't promise after reading

    his book "Eleven Rings." I won't promise after reading this book, that you wont want to watch and catch up on some sports such as basketball after reading this book. The story he tells on the challenges he faced, and events that occured during his coaching career are described and re-lived as if you were with Phil during his whole career. It's a great book and a must read for any reader. You will be definetly be satisfied after reading this book and may find yourself re-living these events in your head as if it was a movie when you read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    It was fun to relive the 11 championships as Phil recounts his j

    It was fun to relive the 11 championships as Phil recounts his journey. It was interesting to hear his perspective as a coach ion players and the game. I hoped he could shed more insight on the strategies of the game, but instead he, more recounts the game as it were. Still a fun read and enjoyable.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

    First off let me say "I Loved This Book".Yes i must



    First off let me say "I Loved This Book".Yes i must confess I'am a Phil Jackson fan due in part of being a lifetime L.A.Lakers fan,but with even that said just reading this book made me feel like the pages were coming to life very detailed and well written.I loved the stories and especially finally Phil comparing Kobe to Jordan.If you love sports books then this is a must for your library or bookshelf down in your man cave.Phil Jackson is quite possibly the greatest coach to ever coach in the NBA and one of the smartest geniuses of basketball.If you like sport stories and all the spirituality of the zen then buy this book it was such a treat to read this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    A spiritual, chronological, and impactful odyssey

    Aside from the NBA stories, Phil takes us on a journey of leadership realization - I mentioned odyssey in my headline because that's really what it is. You will come away thinking, "this book has so much more to offer than what I thought". I seriously thought I was picking up a biographical re-write of another work but I knew after just the first chapter that this was not only a page-turner, but an impactful one; a work that's going to stick, an hold muster.
    Leadership really is about not forcing your way on others but rather, knowing when and how to yield.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

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    Review: Phil Jackson has proven with his previous books that he

    Review:
    Phil Jackson has proven with his previous books that he is as skilled a writer as he is a basketball coach, and he shows it again with “Eleven Rings.” This book is mostly a recap of his coaching stints with both the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. He talks about what he had to do to take these teams that were loaded with talent and make them blend together into a cohesive team in order to win all those championships.

    There are some aspects of leadership that books about business leadership use. However, Jackson will put a unique spin on how he might use this model, so that it becomes clear that he is not doing this from a manual, but instead putting his own perspective and methods into the work he does with his teams. One of these is that he often refers to his teams as a “tribe” and each member of the tribe will know what his role is in order for the goals to be achieved.

    What I liked best about Jackson’s sharing of his coaching secrets was how he treated different individuals differently. He realized that one method will not work for everyone, and because his teams had so many superstars with egos to match their talent, he worked on each individual in methods to which the certain player would most respond positively.

    Jackson described how he did this with his superstar players on each team – Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman on the Bulls, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal on the Lakers. I thought the best example of this was how Jackson handled a situation with Pippen during the 1994 playoffs, when the Bulls were playing without Jordan who had gone into his first retirement.

    Pippen was supposed to inbound a pass to Toni Kukoc for a last second shot in a playoff game against the New York Knicks. Pippen was not happy to have this role for the play and refused to leave the bench after a time out. Jackson made a quick substitution for Pippen. Kukoc made the shot, the Bulls won the game, and the coaching staff decided on what to do about Pippen. After one assistant coach told Pippen it was a bad move (in much saltier language), the team said the Lord’s Prayer, Pippen apologized to his teammates with tears in his eyes, and everyone got a turn to state how they felt. That doesn’t sound like much when a team leader says no to the coach in such a crucial time, but because Jackson knew that this type of action would affect Pippen greater than a fine or suspension, that is what Jackson did.

    It is stories like this, the manner in which Jackson treats his player and most importantly, how he articulates this in the book is why I believe this is a book that would be enjoyed by readers of all types, whether or not they are sports fans. The personal stories in this book are refreshing, not judgmental, and a source of great information on some of the biggest names in basketball history. Excellent book.


    Did I skim?
    No

    Did I learn something new?
    Yes. While I did know of some of the more well-publicized events of Jackson’s teams, such as how he handled Scottie Pippen’s meltdown in the 1994 playoffs or when the Lakers didn’t immediately offer him new contracts, the manner in which Jackson handled these situations was telling. These passages delved much deeper than what was told in the media. The best of these was how he handled Scottie Pippen’s situation, which is detailed in the review.

    Pace of the book:
    Very good. It moved along nicely and stayed in chronological order, which is something I appreciate.

    Positives:
    The manner in which Jackson describes how he handled many of his players, especially his best players such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal was the strength of this book. I also liked that it stuck mostly with basketball-related issues. Jackson certainly did talk about literature, spiritual life and other such topics, but instead of full chapters devoted to these topics, he mentioned them as they related to his teams and/or coaching.

    Negatives:
    At times, I found Jackson to come across as condescending toward other teams, players and coaches that may not have achieved the same level of success as he has achieved. That has been a consistent characteristic mentioned by Jackson’s distracters over the years, and it seems to show in this book. Not enough to be blatant or libelous but it does appear nonetheless. I also found a few typos and spelling errors, especially of some opponents’ names.

    Do I recommend?
    Yes, especially for basketball fans. However, I think that fans of other sports and even some readers who may not be sports fans, but want to see how successful leaders build teams would like this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Recommended

    The book was informative,but unless you weren't familiar with Phil Jackson there wasn't a lot of new information. The book could have had more details in breaking down each of title winning teams with more of each teams uniqueness.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Great read so far, about a hundred pages left. Phil truly is the

    Great read so far, about a hundred pages left. Phil truly is the Zen Master.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Phil Jackson has done an exceptional job with writing this book.

    Phil Jackson has done an exceptional job with writing this book.  “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success” is about the journey of Phil Jackson a coach in the NBA, with his two championship teams the Los Anglos Lakers and the Chicago Bulls.  The book goes past the basketball side of the story, and dives into what the players were like.  
    Leadership was a common theme throughout the book, and how it affected each team.  Jackson went into depth about how players like Jordan and Kobe were natural born leaders, and would do anything to win.  Oppose to great players like Rodman, who were not as focused, and did not have a drive to win like a leader should have.  Jackson discusses issues that he had with leadership and the team and the relationship he was able to develop with his team.
    This book is an inside look at how Phil Jackson coaches, and why he has been deemed the Zen Master.  Jackson reveals how his famous Triangle Offense functions, with all of the problems and adjustments he made to the triangle.  The design of the Triangle is truly interesting, and is worth the read.  The book also goes into depth about his strange methods of coaching, and relaxing his players before and after the games.  One of the many examples would be bringing in private detectives to talk to the team. Jackson truly deserves the nickname The Zen Master.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the game, or about being a better leader and how to think outside of the box.

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    Posted March 13, 2014

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Was given as a Gift.

    Was asked for as a Christmas Gift.
    Read dust jacket, before given.
    Looks like a good read.
    Sure it will be enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Good book about leadership

    More than just a book about an NBA coach.

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    Posted August 25, 2013

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    He looks diwn..and gallops after her.

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    Posted August 23, 2013

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    A pretty painted horse with long gray mane and tail. She is shy but sweet. Once you gain her trust she is very loyal

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    Posted August 25, 2013

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    Nothing you.....you just broke my heart she runs to next resalt

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