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Legacy by James Kerr

Legacy (edition 2013)

by James Kerr (Author)

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Authors:James Kerr (Author)
Info:Constable & Robinson (2013), 224 pages
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Tags:Leadership, Business, Tradition

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This book came highly recommended by a number of coaches whose opinion I respect, even though it is yet another business book which touts their own brand of motivation/leadership credentials. This book is unique because it tries to document the keys to success of one of the most mythical teams in world sports: the All Blacks of New Zealand. Indeed, their story has a magnetic attraction for those coaches who are believers in the simplicity and honesty of the All Black approach to working playing, and conducting their work.
Since the book is already a best seller by the time I got to it, I fully expected a slick, by the book business tome, structured to present a lesson each chapter and the ubiquitous anecdotes which support the central point that the author wished to make. Most business books seem to come off as insincere as they tried to make their points. Mr. Kerr, however, has an unadorned style. He takes his own advice in regard to the power of telling a story and tells the story of the All Blacks sincerely and adroitly.
Some comments on the structure and style of the book. Mr. Kerr jumps in both feet right away, there are fifteen numbered chapters which are neatly summarized in the sixteenth, and the first unnumbered, chapter. Each chapter ends with a final summary page which succinctly encapsulates the lesson with an aboriginal saying and a short catch phrase. This structure allows the reader to easily reach back into the chapters and get the idea behind each chapter, as well as use the summary to create their own environment from these ideas.
The chapters though are the gold of the book. Each chapter contains a good number of anecdotes and descriptions of what the All Blacks coaches did to create their unique culture and belief system. It is refreshing to read this book because the anecdotes are relayed without overly dramatizing the stories. In other words, Mr. Kerr does not rely on being overly dramatic to sell books.
I recommend this book to anyone who are inspired by the mythology of the All Blacks, want to know the philosophy and a bit on the implementation of the ideas in real life but want to be spared the usual business/leadership book treatment. ( )
  pw0327 | Oct 11, 2018 |
Decent. similar to so many "Leadership secrets from_________" Many items seem rather sports-specific and are more difficult to translate to business. It does have several good ideas and quotations from other sources. A lot is steeped in Maori philosophy which gets a little repetitive and trite.
  gpaisley | May 25, 2018 |
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Champions do extra. They sweep the sheds. They follow the spearhead. They keep a blue head. They are good ancestors. In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world's most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business. Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: What are the secrets of success - sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you're gone? What will be your legacy?

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The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75 per cent of their international matches over the last 100 years. 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? 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?… (more)

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