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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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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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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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Great Leadership tools!

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

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Are you willing to sweep the shed?

The tying together of the rich Māori culture, the storied history of the All Blacks to a country that embraces both; all with the expectation to succeed! to win! With the simple principle of being better than you are now. Powerful. Not enough people will embrace it.

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A Good Read

Narrator does a great job with Maori language (at least I think so) Easy to get thru

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A Book for Every Leader

Loved this book and will re-read again and again. Every Leaders' basics hand book must have.

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  • 02-14-22

Not as actionable as I wished

My feeling is the author could've just as well titled this book "50 lessons for leadership" or even "5 lessons for leadership," but I'm not sure how he settled on 15. I say that because it's difficult to tell which are the must-haves vs the nice-to-haves, so at certain points of the audiobook it reads like a collection of observations without any actionable items. Even if we assume all 15 lessons are critical to a winning organization, the author fails to tell you who is responsible for doing what exactly. That is, X is the responsibility of the coaches, Y the responsibility of the captain(s), Z the players, etc. As we say in my line of work: if everyone is responsible, then no one is responsible. To that end I would've liked to hear more commentary from the players and coaches themselves, but the reader only really gets snippets here and there. Overall it's a decent piece of work for any casual fans of the All Blacks. But if you're trying to read this as a field guide, I would advise you to add what sounds useful to your toolbelt, and try not to stress too much about everything else in this book.

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Wonderful, but spoiled

This is an amazing book but is irrevocably damaged by the choice if narrator.
If te reo Māori is in a story, it needs to be pronounced correctly.
No disrespect to the narrator, but his pronunciation made it really hard for me to listen past it. It detracted from the story … big time. I would not recommend the audiobook to anyone because of that, yet would recommend the hard copy,

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Powerful

I had to do a report on this book for my Army leadership class. Never have I felt more motivated and empowered by a book.

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this was such an inspirational book.

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

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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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • JazzO
  • 04-19-21

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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  • 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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  • Electron
  • 04-29-22

The most inspiring book I ever read

This is a book that one needs to read every three months because the knowledge and awareness of the All Blacks teaching is on-going. All the examples of the big, but successful brands came from an ethos of the founders of those brands.

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  • Chris Gilmore
  • 03-18-22

decenr rugby enlightenment

I play amateur rugby union and this has been helpful and insightful in a couple ways.

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  • Daniel
  • 01-15-22

sound over content

It's a good book. But if like me you consumed via audible you may be equally annoyed by the reading in the kiwi language which distracted from consuming the content. Don't get me wrong I love foreign languages but it's not why I invested time in this material.

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  • mrs s graham
  • 01-12-22

Awesome

Inspirational and a read listen. Well read also, enjoyed the different accents by the narrator.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-21

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ

loved the books, best sports / leadership book I've had the pleasure of reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-19

Outstanding!

this is an amazing book. a great summary of huge amounts of information. if you are trying to improve yourself or a group read this and use the information. this book should be part of school curriculum.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-18

Great topic!

The content of this book is outstanding, and great look into the mindset and standards of the AB’s.
A real shame about the Maori pronounciation! It would be beneficial to redo those segements, because you have butchered our indigenous language, which is disrespectful and also not consistent with the books message.

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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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  • Jessica
  • 01-19-22

OMG THE NARRATION IS EXCRUCIATING

Howwwwwww did the narration of this get approved? His pronunciation of Maori words is appaling and then the ACCENTS he affects for different nationalities is OFFENSIVE. I gave up on this book months ago because I thought it was boring and I tried to listen again today and the narration is so offensive I'll be returning it. Don't waste your money or your credits.

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  • Ian Pocock
  • 12-17-21

Enjoyable

Great listening and some great insight on how it connects to the business world.

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  • Tony
  • 10-31-21

value for non-fans too

I'm not a fan of Rugby but i got plenty of value from this book from a culture and leadership perspective, but i struggled with some of the references and the pronunciation was terrible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-21

awesome

this was not only eye opening but life changing. I have already recommended it to others and I enjoy discussing it with my mates who have or is reading/listening to it