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Archive: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

Recession Leadership Is About More Than Cutting Costs

Hyundai figured out car customers need financing assistance, while wireless companies are rolling out more prepaid plans. A large part of succeeding in this recession is finding innovative new ways to respond to the new problems of consumers.

By Geoff Colvin | June 18, 2009; 1:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Fellow Meditator

Phil Jackson's practice of Buddhism and meditation give him an inner calm and tranquility that enables him to motivate his star professionals in ways that others cannot.

By Bill George | June 17, 2009; 5:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Calm on the Court

Phil Jackson creates a calm atmosphere in which players are able to remain grounded, self-motivated and avoid frenzy. That's a good recipe for leadership in any arena.

By Mickey Edwards | June 16, 2009; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Define Great Coaching

Great coaches must also lead their players off the court and able to make teams with different skill levels thrive.

By Paul R. Portney | June 16, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Practical Zen

Simple Buddhist ideas like "let go of the past", "make peace with what you cannot change" and "be in the moment" are applicable to everything from athletics and business to life.

By Marshall Goldsmith | June 16, 2009; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reaching the Whole Person

Many coaches teach X's and O's well, but few can reach the entire person like Phil. He understands the soul of the player and really taps into their true being.

By John H. Cochran, MD | June 16, 2009; 12:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Spiritual Doubts

I respect Jackson's character but doubt that spirituality on the hard wood of a basketball court would make much of a difference.

By Warren Bennis | June 15, 2009; 11:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Winning is a Not a Formula

No two leaders have the same combination of factors; like DNA, each of us has unique characteristics. In Phil Jackson's case his spirituality is part of his guiding leadership philosophy, and it works for him.

By Andy Stern | June 15, 2009; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Zen Christian Master

Phil Jackson said his own approach to coaching "embodied the Zen Christian attitude of selfless awareness." Other leader shouldn't copy him: Instead they should express their own values and vision through their leadership style.

By Michael Maccoby | June 15, 2009; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Spirituality of Team Work

Jackson has always been committed to the idea that people who work together can accomplish much more than individuals seeking their own personal glory, something he may have learned from his parents, who were pastors.

By Yash Gupta | June 15, 2009; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Magic Without Magic

Phil Jackson made explicit what most great coaches and managers have understood intuitively: that the hardest challenge of leadership is to resist the impulse to take the work off of the shoulders of those who own the problem.

By Marty Linsky | June 15, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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