Video from a Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley on June 12th 2013 discussing his memoir, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. Event was held at The Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. To learn more about Live Talks Los Angeles, visit www.livetalksla.org
During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won eleven titles — 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.
His memoir, Eleven Rings, is the story of a preacher’s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be an innovative leader. 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, 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. His memoir 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.
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.
John Salley is an NBA veteran of 11 seasons. He is the first basketball player in NBA history to win four championships with three different teams. He was on Phil Jackson coached teams in Chicago and Los Angeles. Drafted out of Georgia Tech in 1986 by the Detroit Pistons, Salley was a member of the “Bad Boys” squad which included Isaiah Thomas and the infamous Dennis Rodman; a team that went on to win back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Following stints with the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, Salley played with Michael Jordan as part of the Chicago Bulls 1996 championship team. After a brief retirement to co-host NBA on NBC, Phil Jackson invited Salley to come join the Los Angeles Lakers where he was on the 2000 NBA Championship team.Since his retirement from the NBA, Salley has worked in television, film, radio, print and new media. Salley was a co-host of the Emmy nominated series The Best Damn Sports Show Period (FOX) for seven years. He is presently hosted and was Executive Producer of his interview show, Game On! with John Salley on the Reelz Channel. He has written on food, wine and wellness, for Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and LA Confidential.