An Evening with Phil Jackson
Audiences are awed by Mr. Jackson's inspirational and unique perspective on greatness and winning. He is a motivator for all of us, providing examples of how to achieve and stay at the top of your field.
Mr. Jackson is a study in adaptability. As a boy in the 1950s, he conformed to the wishes of his parents, who were evangelical ministers. As a college student in the 1960s, he followed a popular path by expanding his spiritual opportunities in the classroom and in life. As a basketball player in the 1970s, he adopted the New York Knicks' unselfish, team-oriented style of play. And as a coach in the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Jackson turned a Chicago team built around the game's outstanding individual player-Michael Jordan-into a six-time NBA champion. Then he proved he could adapt to the presence of a dominating center, winning with the Lakers and Shaquille O’Neal.
Deep inside, however, Mr. Jackson has remained remarkably consistent -- self-possessed, focused and confident. These defining qualities have been put to best use in his role as coach. Firm but not severe, Mr. Jackson neither babies nor bullies his players. Instead he gives them the opportunity to learn for themselves how to succeed, and a structure in which they can win as a team.