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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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  • 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

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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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Insightful anecdotes about leadership

The book is written from a masculine perspective on what leadership is but nevertheless there are key takeaways to apply as a leader or an aspiring leader.

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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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Brilliant book for building culture.

Engaging, thought-provoking, well narrated and a book everyone should read. I will go through it again soon.

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A great background story, a bit too much business focus for a semi-retired person! As with a lot of audible books the narrator spoils it a little. Why put on childish accents for some voices.

T.E.D. Is pronounced Ted. Who doesn’t know that and where was the quality control?

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Awesome book with practical advice and thought provoking insight into leadership and change management.

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Great book for leadership

Practical advice for leaders with lots of good examples for any industry. I'll be a recommending it to the other leaders in my school.

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  • 11-04-21

Great content marred by the terrible attempts at accents in the narration

This is a great book. However, listening to the narrator butchering several accents (his “impression” of Archbishop Tutu was an attempt at GBH on the ears) makes it extremely difficult to listen to. Luckily I have a copy of the book I can read that helps. Note to the narrator. You are not good at accents (and that is the kindest I can be). Narration of world class content does not require you to be. Please remember that next time, the narration is not about you, it’s about the content. Your own accent is perfectly lovely. Please read the whole book in that accent.

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  • Fernando Gutierrez
  • 17-04-20

Phenomenal

I have spent years studying leadership at the graduate level and this is by far one of the best works on leadership that I have ever read.

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  • Louis
  • 20-11-19

Great Leadership tools!

Great book! Lots of valuable leadership material in this book. Definitely worth the read or listen.

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  • Janell
  • 14-09-21

this was such an inspirational book.

I highly recommend it for anyone whos goal is to improve productivity and teamwork.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-21

Amazing story, Tough narration

I loved the content of the book but found the accents that the narrator would attempt really jarring to the listen. Everything sounded like a pep talk which is not enjoyable to listen to for so long. BUT the writing was fantastic, and even not being a big rugby fan, found it so inspirational.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-21

Concise and captivating!

Kerr is telling the story of what was used to create world champions. If you are working on building a team this process will help achieve being and remaining a team. Definitely worth a listen. I also bought the paperback to help implement this practical approach to create a team of leaders!

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  • mike walker
  • 25-07-21

Great book.

Highly recommend. Would read again for sure. Love the all blacks even more after reading this book. What an amazing culture.

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  • Tom
  • 15-07-21

May Be The Best

…Motivational and self-actualizing and/or organizational development book ever. Listen, take notes, and implement.

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  • Blaise
  • 14-07-21

Decent but not great

I read this looking for education about leadership. It was okay but there seemed far too many stories about the New Zealand Allblacks. There was also too much Maori speaking as I tended to blank out when this was read making me miss the next session. Fortunately it wasn't too long. The best portion of the book was early on.

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  • Geoff Fleming
  • 08-06-21

regular read for coaches

This book is more about changing the culture of a program, rather than just a quick fix. Fantastic stuff