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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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The power and legend of all-blacks' fire made book

The emotional impact on your willpower after reading this book is incredible. There is always a strong sense of living your own legend. I would read (listen) it again and again. Clear and Straightforward.

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An inspiration for leaders of the future

Awesome listen. An inspiration for leaders of the future. Some really valuable anecdotes and lessons to apply. James Kerr, his legacy laid bare in all its glory. You should be proud.

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Want to know how to build and understand your sporting environment, creating a culture that can be focused on winning but also discipline and growing together ... this is your book !

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Brilliant!

You must listen - lessons for everyone. Live your life better and be happier with yourself.

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fantastic

You can't stop listening. So relatable to any team. one of the best I've read

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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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  • 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.

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  • Andre
  • 07-02-18

Practical lessons <br />

Practical principals that can be applied personally as well as in a group. Overall good book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-18

Inspiring and insightful

A must read. A recipe for a successful organization that will survive the winds of change by re-discovering and re-inventing itslef.

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  • marquita
  • 15-12-17

goes beyond

loves the narrator very engaging. This will go beyond my personal growth. passing this on to all I work with

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  • Mark Smith
  • 04-12-17

Makes a Kiwi Proud

Great little read. It makes me understand the greatest sports team of all time. Makes me proud to be a Kiwi and makes we want to leave a legacy.

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  • steveorjoey
  • 13-11-17

Great Motivation for the Team

I enjoyed the story of the All Blacks, but loved the comparisons of the same team building aspects of other great empires out there, like Apple's innovation and the Marine Corps core values.

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  • buster miscusi
  • 15-10-17

Illuminating

This book is more than just leadership, this is a way to lead in your own life. It's an excellent book when attempting to narrow your focus to that which really matters.