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Legacy [Kindle Edition]

James Kerr
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If you read only one leadership book in your life, make it this one. Brilliant. (Kevin Roberts CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi)

Beautifully written, wonderfully observed, true to the bone. This book is both intelligent and insightful: the perfect 'how-to' manual for effective leadership. Read it. (Anton Oliver former All Blacks captain)

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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?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, enjoyable and quite brilliant 29 Nov 2013
By Neil
Quite simply, this is the best leadership book I've ever read. And I've read quite a few.

Its easy to read style takes you behind the scenes of the All Blacks, one of the worlds' most consistently high performing teams. It takes you into the pitches, locker rooms, practice sessions, selection panels and brutally honest `bunker' room conversations. It gives you pages packed with candid insights, fabulous quotes and powerful wisdoms shared by players and coaches. And then blends these beautifully with work by other leaders and leadership writers.

With some books you get the feeling that it can be condensed to 2 or three sides of A4, and has been expanded to fill a book. Not so this one. 15 sections each pick a theme that are simply packed with good stuff. I'm one of those readers who likes to mark pages and sections of particular interest. Hardly a page of this one was unmarked.

The book shows just how much goes into a great performing team, and how much it goes beyond simply 'winning'. The people speaking have been unflinching in discussing the setbacks and losing, and what they did in those times too. Throughout there's real heart and soul and greater purpose in here.

For me, this is not just a book for sports lovers (though I'm sure they'll love it - loads of stories and insights to share with your mates). In fact I've shown it to people who have little or no interest in sport whatsoever and they wanted a copy too. It goes deeper. I'm imagining it's for anyone who wants to be part of a team that itself wants to create, well, a Legacy through their work in some way.

I love it.

Inspiring, enjoyable, and quite brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant 14 Jan 2014
This is no ordinary management handbook. It's also a compelling story, an inspirational text, an anthropological survey, and a philosophical treatise. This excellent book works brilliantly on many levels to help leaders manage teams, deliver change, and leave a lasting legacy. Full of fascinating anecdotes and profound wisdom, it's sure to be a future classic. A highly satisfying read that inspires you practical change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but it's Eagle, GLOBE and Anchor..., 13 Feb 2014
By Erik
Legacy is a great handbook for leadership that can be easily used in business. Our team is reviewing the text to kick-off a leadership forum and will reflect on the 15 lessons as a backdrop for improvements to our business.

In Chapter 8, Kerr describes the importance of ritual and language in an organization and I couldn’t agree more. However, as a former Marine I was quite disappointed to see the most coveted symbol in the Marine Corps incorrectly stated as Eagle, Oak and Anchor. It’s actually Eagle, GLOBE and Anchor which is a significant difference. Given the importance of the “EGA” to all Marines, this was quite disappointing.

Overall great book, but when you focus on the importance of language make sure the references are correct.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 20 Feb 2014
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This book provides amazing insight and presents ideas that make so much sense without being overly complicated. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're leading big change, read this book 29 Nov 2013
I agree with everything Neil has said in his review.

Unusually for me, I couldn't put this book down and read it in 24 hours. By the end I was reeling from the effect of a book that is like a home-coming for leaders who lead for something inspiring and challenging beyond self and beyond profit.

It will be a timeless companion for those committed to creating a Legacy - simple ideas to grasp but not easy to live by, somehow both familiar but also new, and enormously affirming.

One of the most delightful aspects is the way it highlights the importance of heart, soul and humility. It's not called `Winning'. It's called `Legacy'.

So many leadership books go "down and in", helping people to achieve _their_ aims without seemingly a first thought for the wider picture beyond self or their organisation. This is a leadership book that instead comes "up and out", giving people a much bigger view of what their leadership might be like beyond self, beyond their organisation, beyond profit. And from a surprising direction - the super Alpha male environment of the world's top rugby team. What a brilliant mix.

Simply the best leadership book in the field and genuinely a fascinating read for anyone leading big change, whether you are interested in sport or not.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 23 Feb 2014
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You don't have to like sport to learn from and enjoy this is about courage and meaning. Finding your strength and creating your story are the central challenges of this a good ancestor.plant a tree who's shade you will not antidote to secular materialism and a shout towards something more ancient and more free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 26 Oct 2014
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Must say this is one of my favourite books, its one that I buy for friends when taking up new jobs.
It is full of interesting lessons from the All blacks.
I really enjoyed reading this it made jury service at least tolerable, and it was one that I didn't want to finish
I am not a big rugby fan so didn't recognise some of the situations described in terms of the big games and some of the personalities. I tis however well written and the author keeps relating back to to the core of the book.
If you are looking for some inspiration or a new way of looking at how to lead your team then I would definitely look at this book.
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