From Start-Up to Success: Strategies for Success in Young Companies
June 10, 2024
From Start-Up to Success: Strategies for Success in Young Companies
June 10, 2024

Building Championship Teams: Business Leadership Lessons from Phil Jackson

As a business leadership coach, I’ve found inspiration and invaluable lessons in unexpected places. One such source is Phil Jackson’s book “Eleven Rings.” Jackson’s journey from player to coach, his experiences with championship-winning teams, and the wisdom he gained along the way offer profound insights applicable to business executives seeking to enhance their leadership skills.

One point from Jackson’s book is the importance of mindfulness. His time with the New York Knicks in the 1970s taught him the power of being present in the moment, both on and off the court. This mindfulness laid the foundation for his coaching philosophy, emphasizing the need for leaders to be fully engaged and aware of their surroundings.

Jackson’s ability to manage superstar talent like Michael Jordan is another lesson that resonates with business leaders. Despite Jordan’s brilliance, Jackson encouraged him to embrace selflessness for the greater good of the team. This emphasis on collaboration over personal accolades speaks volumes about fostering a cohesive team environment in any setting.

Moreover, Jackson’s knack for building successful teams out of players with varying abilities underscores the significance of trust and unity within an organization. By cultivating a culture of mutual respect and trust, Jackson empowered his players to perform at their best and achieve collective success.

Perhaps most impressively, Jackson had a unique talent for inspiring even the most challenging personalities to buy into his vision. Troublemakers and “uncoachable” individuals found themselves compelled to contribute to something larger than themselves under his leadership. This speaks volumes about the transformative power of effective leadership and the ability to tap into the potential of every team member, regardless of their background or disposition.

In essence, Phil Jackson’s journey and the lessons he imparts in “Eleven Rings” serve as a compelling reminder that effective leadership transcends industries and contexts. By embracing mindfulness, fostering collaboration, and inspiring others to reach their full potential, business executives can lead their teams to unparalleled success.

The Future Is Now


Jesus (Jes) Vargas is the Principal at DPMG Corp in Sacramento, CA. He and his team consult, coach, and mentor business leaders in strategic planning, leadership development, and project management.

They’re ready to help clients plan a new product or fine-tune an existing marketing strategy.