Written by James Kerr
I read Legacy one night while I was on duty. The book is a very quick read. It only has 189 pages, large font, and margins about an inch in width. So it seems like there isn’t much there but something got me hooked on it. I know nothing at all about Rugby or the All Blacks rugby team but the book had some really good ideas. I read the entire book in one sitting which with my short attention span is an awe inspiring feat for me.
If you didn’t know this book is about the New Zealand National Rugby Union Team, better known as the All Blacks. The All Blacks are one of the most successful rugby teams and are known for their fierce Haka Maori war dance. This same ritual has been imitated and duplicated around the world by groups and teams that consider themselves fierce warriors. This is one such example I found on YouTube:
This book analyzes fifteen different leadership concepts that contribute to the success of the All Blacks rugby team. These concepts include having enough humility to do basic and fundamental tasks like sweeping after a practice or game. It also includes ideas that can help team members take pride and ownership in their organization by ritualizing or giving each member some stake in the success of the entire team. There are many others that are simple leadership concepts. Are they earth shattering concepts? No. They are however, thought provoking and although you may say “Well, of course” when you read some of the ideas. The important thing is to have these concepts as simple or complex as they are brought to the forefront of your mind, especially if you are trying to build or lead a cohesive successful team. One bit of knowledge I found particularly profound was this: “I orea the tuatara, ka puta ki waho” which means “When poked at with a stick, the tuatara will emerge.” I don’t really know what that means but I liked the way it sounded.
Overall this is a very easy quick read and has a lot of really good concepts that are thought provoking and potentially very helpful to your team whether you are considered the leader or not. If you just want an inside look into the All Blacks culture, this is a great book for that as well. I highly recommend you read the book. You will not be disappointed. You can get it at this link. Or even try it on Audible. http://amzn.to/2AZSxMW
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