The Guys on Eleven Rings – The Soul of Success
The Guys in this show are really Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty. They get all the credit and the other guys, Ray and Zen, get to have a fun conversation about the relativity of Zen (the practice) and how it can apply to practical business daily. Eleven Rings discusses Phil Jackson’s basketball background and most importantly, the leadership style he developed to mold larger than life personalities into a team.
Obviously Phil’s success deserves attention and a team in any environment can experience the same results if they apply the practices required to do so. After all, your company is a team. Now perhaps that is a different way to look at the ‘management philosophy’ in your business. The paradox is that you might think you would overlay some kind of structure, while the results actually come from the players practicing their art and skill more effectively. In reality both occur, but through no direct effort of your own, it emerges because you’ve given it permission.
The symbol? The Ring!
On a psychological level, the ring symbolizes something profound: the quest of the self to find harmony, connection and wholeness. In Native American culture, for instance, the unifying power of the circle was so meaningful that whole nations were conceived as a series of interconnected rings. Teepee (lodge) is a ring, as is the campfire, the village, and the layout of the nations – circles within circles, having no beginning or end. What is your symbol? Your bond?
The book refers quite often to the groundbreaking book, Tribal Leadership, where the authors lay out the five stages of tribal development. The Guys will reflect on each stage as they prepare to launch into the depths of Phil’s mega-success process revealed in Eleven Rings – The Soul of Success. We’ll give you those here:
Stage 1 – shared by most street gangs and characterized by despair, hostility, and the collective belief that “life sucks.”
Stage 2 – filled primarily with apathetic people who perceive themselves as victims and who are passively antagonistic with the mind-set that “my life sucks.”
Stage 3 – focused primarily on individual achievement and driven by the motto “I’m great (and you’re not),” winning is personal and they’ll outwork and outthink their competitors on an individual basis. The mood results is a collection of “lone warriors.”
Stage 4 – dedicated to tribal pride and the overriding conviction that “we’re great (and they’re not).” This kind of team requires a strong adversary, and the bigger the foe, the more powerful the tribe.
Stage 5 – a rare stage characterized by a sense of innocent wonder and the strong belief that “life is great.” Therein is the soul of success.
Just a few decades ago when you start talking about consciousness or mindfulness, let alone ‘zen’, there was almost an automatic backing away because the concepts were so misunderstood in the West. The last decade has been much different. Companies are capitalizing on both the understanding and good it does for all.
Phil’s success using the tools he presents is much more relevant in the world today, and certainly his results demonstrate it on a very practical level. The information is much more practical in business than you could even imagine, it truly is the soul of success on so many levels.
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