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Eleven Rings
by Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson is not only one of the most storied coaches in the game of basketball, but in all sports worldwide, having amassed more championship titles than any other coach in the history of professional sports. Phil won eleven championships total during his time with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. On those teams, Phil had the luxury (and challenge) of coaching some of the greatest stars the sport has ever seen in Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Scottie Pippen, and the greatest player ever – Michael Jordan. Some discredit Jackson’s accomplishments as a coach due to the supreme talent he had at his disposal. In Eleven Rings, Jackson shares his innovative ways on building team unity, managing superior egos and getting them to buy into the “greater good”, and his legendary offensive scheme – The Triangle Offense. Eleven Rings goes beyond telling a basketball story. It offers great insight on being an effective leader, building team chemistry, and finding personal success that intertwines with the goals of the group you are a part of or leading. Those offerings make Eleven Rings a great read not just for basketball coaches, but for anyone who is looking for keys to success in life.

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