Philip Douglas Jackson, better known as “Phil” Jackson, was born on 17 September 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana (USA). He is a former basketball player, now a coach in the sport, member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame since 2007, and a US sports manager. He has won two NBA titles as a player and eleven as a coach.
His books include More than a game (2001); Basket & Zen. Sacred Hoops (1996), written with Hugh Delehanty, and Eleven rings (2014).
During his legendary career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson has won more leagues than any coach in the history of professional sports. Jackson was dubbed the “Zen Master” almost as a joke by sports journalists, but this nickname reveals an important truth: He is a coach who has always inspired rather than prodded. He has always acted as a guide, reawakening and putting to the test the best intentions of his players’ nature, not their egos, fears or greed.
In his search to reinvent himself, Jackson has explored everything, from Humanistic Psychology to Native American Philosophy and Zen meditation. In this process, he has developed a new approach to leadership, based on freedom, authenticity and unselfish teamwork; features that have all transformed the hypercompetitive world of professional sport.