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What to Read: Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, a Review by Page Petry

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June 01, 2014
What to Read
Page Petry

What's On the Bookshelf
Over the years, we’ve had numerous conversations with industry leaders and often one of the topics that we discuss is the latest book read. We thought it would be fun to share some of these booklover conversations with our readers. Here are what our industry leaders are reading.

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, By Phil Jackson
[Review by Page Petry, CIO, Americas, Marriott International]

If you are a basketball fan you will enjoy this book. If you never watched a basketball game in your life, this book may well get you to a game. If you are a leader looking for inspiration on how to move your team forward you might find that this book will provide the jolt you need. 

In Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson shows he is more than a storied basketball player and coach; he is a successful leader. With the gift of storytelling he shares with us his leadership style through a journey to 11 NBA championship titles. Six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil motivated his players, capitalizing on their individual strengths and competitive nature to drive them to win.  Phil never waivers from his management beliefs but shows us that he is susceptible to missteps along the way – all of which require thoughtful recalibration to get back on track.  This is a humbling experience for even the most experienced of leaders.  

Managing owners and players with strong personalities, varying skills, personal objectives that are not aligned with the franchise and sometimes just not wanting to work sounds like the challenges leaders face every day. Phil shows us how having faith in your players, leveraging individuals strengths, the ability to identify and grow talent, along with having a strong sense of purpose can all come together to achieve a cohesive winning team.

It is time to download this to your e-reader, take some time out for yourself, and get a dose of Phil Jackson and his philosophy of coaching.

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