Eleven Rings

Eleven Rings Summary

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.

Book Reviews


Mastermind5 star


Sauceman skme

Awesomeness!5 star

A testament to mind over matter and the power and joy of We vs Me.55


Really good book4 star

I've always admired Phil as a coach and as a writer. Phil goes deep into spirituality; Bulls and Lakers here. Countless interesting tales about basketball legends and behind the scenes negotiations. Great examples of grace under pressure!45


Great Book!5 star

I am proud to say that at 27 yrs old is the first book i read from start to end page by page word by word and i learned so much about basketball but i also felt like i was part of this journey great insight on the zen practice and how a religion can be connected to a sport such as basketball thank u!!55

Eric Albert Domingo

A must read5 star

Couldn't put the book down. It's worth every penny.55

Kevin the muscle russell

Amazing story about an amazing sport and an amazing man5 star

If you are looking for a historical documentation that is written with the eloquence of a novel, than this is it.55


Great5 star

Not only about basketball but lessons about life itself55

Gr8 T1m3

Eleven Rings5 star

This book allows you to self reflect and hoyne in on your moments of selflessness. We all have experienced this whether we realize it or not. Great read55


Absolutely great5 star

Loved this book, very insightful as well as a great look behind the scenes of MJ and Kobe and what went into being champions. I couldn't stop reading this as I went and that's rare for myself. Highly recommended55


A must read5 star

For any basketball fan this is a must read....indeed any sports fan. The insights here into sports biggest minds are priceless. Superb read.55

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