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Summary

The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. What is the secret of their success? And what can we - as individuals, companies and teams - learn from them? The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years.

In other arenas, there have been commanding sides that swept all before them, like the West Indies cricket team of the 1980s with their fearsome battery of fast bowlers, or the Hungarian football team who introduced a sophisticated new passing game and famously thrashed England 7-1 in Budapest in 1954. But what makes the All-Blacks different is their supremacy for decade after decade - their sheer consistency, longevity and sustained dominance.

So, what is the secret of their success? And what can we - as individuals, companies and teams - learn from them? Whatever field we are in, how can we play like All Blacks? In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr is embedded deep into the heart of the All Blacks' set-up to reveal 15 powerful and pragmatic lessons in leadership. Revealing proven secrets of sustained success, Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: How do you turn vision into action? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure, expectation and setbacks? How do you train to win at the highest level? What is your purpose?What will be your legacy?

©2013 James Kerr (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • Mr
  • 26-06-15

Interesting book but.......

What was one of the most memorable moments of Legacy?

The concept of the book is great and there are clearly some useful thought provoking elements to the book. Enjoyable to listen to

Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favourite?

The various attempts to imitate accents were irritating and the New Zealand accent was not great, more grating. Easy enough performer to listen to but it didn't need the poor accent interpretations at all

Any additional comments?

The factual errors in the book in the end were annoying. Everyone but the author knows the 2011 World Cup final score was 8 - 7 not 9 - 8. The All Blacks lost to France in the 1999 World Cup, not the 1997. Bryan Williams first played for the All Blacks in 1970 not 1976. The problem with these types of factual errors is that it is difficult to believe that everything else represented as fact attributed to other people may or may not be completely accurate

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Lessons in life

Leadership books are plentiful, and generally speaking they say similar things. However I feel that the key is finding one that speaks in terms you can relate to. While I'm not a world class All Blacks rugby player I'm a fan of rugby and this was a book that spoke to me on a level and with example I could relate to. This was the book for me.

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A highly addictive read.

The All Blacks are an awesome team, institution and legacy. This is a story about one of the greatest legacies in sport. It blends a historical, anthropological and business-orientated study of the New Zealand Rugby Union team in a succinct, energetic and compelling fashion. A must read for rugby fans, learning and development enthusiasts and leaders.

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Good mix of rugby anecdotes and leadership advice.

I listened to this as the book was recommended in a 'top reads' article for management and leadership advice. Being a rugby fan, it seemed like a great blend of content and advice.

The content is generally really good. The All-Black ethos and underlying Maori influence is sustained throughout and used as a launching point for wider leadership points. The book tries to maintain both perspectives and does so well, though some of the links seem a touch tenuous at points, the connections a little spurious. There are some great pieces of advice though.

The reading is very good, with intonation and characterisation. It perhaps lacks a little passion in places, but I was really entertained by the reading.

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Inspiring!

Brilliant narration, delves into your very being. You'll go forward a better person after this.

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This might of been a good book.

The narration for this book is so bad I just couldn't get into it. The narrator tries to do accents from different people throughout the boom and gets them horribly wrong which really put me off continuing to read this. I'll pick up a paper copy instead.

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Great story/stories but more than that just a fantastic life hacking book. The codes to strive for exceptional performance as a human, let alone a sportsman or woman, are eloquently laid out. Highly recommended.

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What the All Blacks can teach us about work & life.

You don’t have to be a rugby fan to know the All Blacks are “a bit handy”. But it wasn’t always this way; they had a real dip in 2003/4 and were in danger of losing the culture which had driven their success. This is the story of the culture which arose from the ashes of their failed World Cup bid in 2003 and set the scene for their current hegemony. But it’s not all rugby...in fact, it’s not even mostly rugby. The author cleverly takes the lessons learned from the All Blacks and applies them to life; the lessons never feel forced (although there is a little overlap between them, probably so the writer could keep to his concept of 15 chapters to match the 15 players of a rugby team;-) It’s well read, too. In fact, 2 chapters in I went and bought the written book, too, as I knew I’d want to go back and mine if for quotes.

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A must for all rugby and business fans!

What a fantastic book.

Being a huge rugby fan and lover of all things business related this book was absolutely fantastic for me.

I believe there is a lot business can learn from sporting cultures and building a winning team and the All Blacks are by far one of the very best in the biz!

Great book and a truly great listen!

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How to build a team from the best in the world

Really enjoyed this book. Great narrative of what makes the All Blacks the greatest team in the world and what we can learn from them in order to build your own high performance teams.

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  • Albert NZ
  • 17-02-18

Linguistic Butchery - get the kindle book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This could be a great audio book with a different narrator - preferably a New Zealander or at least someone whose attempts at a kiwi accent do not end up sounding like a cross between a White South African and an Australian and someone who can speak the Maori language quotes without butchering them.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself - there is a lot to learn from this book about leadership, character, team culture and how they interact.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Saul Reichlin?

A New Zealander

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  • kevin
  • 08-11-18

Maybe good for new leaders

Nothing wrong with the book, but the concepts are bit obvious for anyone who already leads or has led for any length of time. many are such basic concepts that they hardly need be explained.

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  • Brandon Lashley
  • 22-10-18

One of the best

This book is easily one of the best leadership books out there. Highly recommend! Using sports is outside my expertise, but it kept my attention none the less.

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  • Nathaniel 284
  • 04-10-18

Must read for those who wish to lead.

Best book on leadership I have ever read! So many use full applications in everyday life.

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  • Ross
  • 12-09-18

informative, interesting, practical, and inspiring

took a couple attempts to get past the first chapter or 2 but listening to this book certainly helps to clarify leadership strategy. if you want to leave your organisation, business, team,...whatever...in a better way than you found it, this is a great place to start.

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  • anoma
  • 02-09-18

A great leadership tool

Reiterates the fundamentals of what it takes to be a good team and what actual success is based on. Inspirational and achievable .

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  • Denise Gomes
  • 02-07-18

Fantastic

Quick read. Highly inspirational.
Champions do extra.
They sweep the sheds.
They follow the spearhead.
They keep a blue head.

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  • Ray
  • 07-03-18

A Must Read For Military Leaders

This book is currently on the Marine Corps Commandant's reading list and must remain there for all of eternity. this book literally spills the beans for why the Marine Corps is so great

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-18

Brilliant

Brilliant. Captivating and such a easy read with leasons you can take into business as well as life and anything you tackle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-18

commandant reading list

great book for self development. at TBS Sgt Major Green advised we read this book. wish I read it before primary flight training.