As a student of constitutional law and history for 15 years, it's saying something that this book "revolutionized" my view of the Founding generation.As a student of constitutional law and history for 15 years, it's saying something that this book "revolutionized" my view of the Founding generation. A historiographic triumph. Highly recommended....more
Believe it or not, the title of this book evokes Phil Jackson's modesty. The Zen Master actually has 13 rings: 11 has a head coach, and two as a playeBelieve it or not, the title of this book evokes Phil Jackson's modesty. The Zen Master actually has 13 rings: 11 has a head coach, and two as a player for the New York Knicks in the 1970s. But who's counting? After all, as Jackson notes in his latest volume, it is wiser to keep your eyes on the spirit than on the scoreboard.
For those unacquainted with the concept of Zen, it can often evoke images of New Age rituals and hocus pocus. To the contrary, Zen is about the daily practice of "mindfulness": of maintaining internal balance and consistency, and flowing with each moment. Paradoxically, flowing with each moment is, like this book, methodical. Jackson's calm voice comes through in this chronological account of how he used Zen principles to allow the Bulls and Lakers to each harness the flexible triangle offense to fulfill their unique collective destinies as world champions.
The writing in this book is relatively prosaic and pedantic. Even with the assistance of ghost writer Hugh Delahanty, Jackson is no master of prose. But anyone accustomed to reading sports volumes for their own intrinsic value should be able to look past these minor issues to dig deep to find the gold buried within. This is not just a book about basketball court: it is an invitation to join Jackson in reflection of his journey to discover the soul of success.
The leadership concepts that underpin Jackson's approach to basketball and all other aspects of life are universal and transferable to a multitude of contexts. As an attorney In charge of a small private law firm, I am tasked every day with leading staff and clients in a manner that respects their autonomy and agency in directing the course of their own lives. Similarly, as a civic educator, I have worked with hundreds of teenagers who bristle in the ordinary top-down format of modern public education, and too long to drink from the fountain of knowledge for themselves rather than having the water poured down their throats. Eleven Rings does not in this way introduce anything new; what I took away from this book was a framework - a blueprint, if you will - for replicating the soul of success that made Phil Jackson the greatest basketball coach in history.
Like the Zen master, I must learn not to thrive on highs and pout with lows, but to do the same thing every day regardless of the circumstances: to chop wood, and carry water. And to do so in the moment....more
• Decent, but boilerplate information about the neurolinguistics of body language. Could have picked up the same information from any ofIn a nutshell:
• Decent, but boilerplate information about the neurolinguistics of body language. Could have picked up the same information from any of a range of tomes on NLP.
• Gregory Hartley is a right-wing asshole...and politically illiterate. He recounts how he once said in a job interview that he doesn't discuss his weaknesses, because it's "Communism." No, dipshit, it is not. What you are describing is the type of sociopathic narcissism of a Randian anti-hero.
• At least twice, Hartley recounts stories of interrogating a subject as to whether or not they were a "homosexual." I'm just going to leave it at that, and let the march of progress and time leave Sergeant Sociopath in the dust.
Book gets 3 stars for information. Author gets 0 stars for his dipshitterocity....more
The entrepreneurial approach to managing a law practice (i.e., a "legal services business") is refreshing and illuminating given the dismissive attituThe entrepreneurial approach to managing a law practice (i.e., a "legal services business") is refreshing and illuminating given the dismissive attitude many lawyers have toward the actual business of the law. The pointers and advice are helpful.
But the format stinks. There are literally two chapters for each topic: a generic chapter by the primary author and a repetitive follow-up chapter by his attorney devotees. This isn't really a concept that needs double the content - and actually doesn't necessitate an entire book.
I gained much valuable insight into how I will run my law practice, but you're best off checking out of the library and taking notes on a few key chapters....more