I just finished reading my first basketball leadership book: Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson. I heard about the book (unsurprisingly) from Ryan Holiday who recommended it and even wrote up its main lessons ("The Jackson Eleven").
I obviously had heard of Phil and knew how successful of a coach he had been, but I didn't realize that his strategies were so grounded in mindfulness, zen, and team trust principles. It was incredible to read the behind the scenes stories of how he transformed the Bulls and the Lakers into repeat champions using similar concepts. I liked how he approached the sport from an intellectual standpoint and integrated multiple principles of psychology to help his team grow.
I enjoyed reading about his thinking process when he had to deal with difficult team dynamics or game situations. I liked his generally Stoic approach and the way he led by teaching and getting out of the way. I also like how he gave books to read to the players each year and even asked for book reports! I definitely enjoyed this one, and his list of reading recommendations (which I list at the end of my notes below) seems pretty solid too.
UCLA Anderson hosted a very inspiring talk by Kevin Plank, the founder and CEO of Under Armour clothing brand. The hour passed by like a minute, and many of the lessons and stories Kevin communicated resonated deeply with me. Below are my main takeaways from the talk, which hit points ranging from entrepreneurship to team structure to marketing to philosophy. Overall, an awesome talk.