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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Practical lessons <br />

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

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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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  • 06-26-15

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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  • Mr. M. Hickman
  • 05-10-17

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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  • Robert
  • 03-19-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-27-17

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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  • Alyson
  • 11-10-16

Inspiring!

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

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  • Allan MacDonald
  • 10-07-18

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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  • Ross Gard
  • 09-11-18

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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  • Anthony Impey
  • 08-23-18

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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  • Kevin O' Connor
  • 08-16-18

Mighty

Great insight into the behind the scenes goings on of the all blacks. The deep legacy and history built on generation by generation is impressive to see. The link to business methodology is an obvious one but there is also application to the individual and the family and community.

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  • 08-15-18

Very disappointed, could have been much more

I read a lot of leadership and 'success story' books and this was 80% quotes from a large number of other business books. I would have been much more interested if we heard more about the journey, the stories and how these philosophies worked for the team. The performance was clear but when the voice talent quoted anyone he tried to quote the person in an accent from their country, which was at times embarrassing and silly. Overall disappointed, better sports/leadership books available such as the one on the Clipper Round the World Yacht race.

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  • Ramai Gurnick
  • 09-12-16

narrator.

good book but narrator could have been a kiwi who could pronounce maori. someone like an all black or even an actor. Temuera or taika comes to mind

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  • Michael Tamoua
  • 04-25-16

Brilliant

This book is filled with amazing principles which can be used in every aspect of life, business and relationships. I coach schoolboy rugby and found it has helped me enormously, and as a result is has helped the players. I'd recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Gavin
  • 11-07-15

Thoroughly enjoyed

Fascinating insight to one of the greatest team cultures in the world. Highly recommended for sports coaches or those looking to self improve.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-18

A great read.

Legacy, is a great read with many lessons to be learnt about leadership and culture.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-18

Nice Story

But got a little lost on the take away. Not sure on how to apply

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-18

Truly exceptional

Lessons for life, business and sport. The power in the words within this book is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-18

Brilliant truths that connect us all

This book is inspirational.
It's about light, meaning, honor, dignity and humility.
It shows how the All Blacks maintain their top level performance by staying focused and grounded in simple positive truths that make everything in life better.
This book shows how to build good strong teams by creating good strong people.

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  • Linda Fridley
  • 01-21-18

Great ideas - wasn't expecting the accents

This book was recommended by a colleague and it had a lot of good ideas relevant to work leadership and personal development. The accents were a little off putting but otherwise good.

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  • Glen Ferguson
  • 10-30-17

its our time. Keep a blue head

Principles and tools to elevate a man beyond himself. Written by someone who clearly knows believes and trusts what he is saying. its doable its authentic very readable and its right. i know its right by how i tjink and feel

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  • Justin
  • 09-16-17

delivered what it said

thought this book was great and delivered nicely on what i expected from it.. I thought the naration could have been better and the accents attempted throughout were pretty bad. bordering on comical, but will keep this book and listen to it at least once more..