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Marshall Goldsmith
Executive Coach/Author

Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is an executive educator, speaker, coach and best-selling author. His most recent book is Mojo.

Practical Zen

As a Buddhist myself, I think that Phil Jackson's use of spirituality in his coaching is fascinating. My interpretation of Buddhism is more philosophical and psychological than metaphysical: I use lots of Buddhist principles in my executive coaching, but I don't apply Buddhism in a spiritual sense.

In the same way, Phil Jackson clearly embraces basic Buddhist principles in his NBA coaching. Simple, practical 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 to business and life.

Is Phil Jackson the "greatest-ever" NBA or professional sports coach? Who knows. From a Buddhist perspective, who cares?

By Marshall Goldsmith

 |  June 16, 2009; 11:26 AM ET
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