Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life, by James Kerr, 2013

The Gist

A readable short book about the emergence of New Zealand s one of the world’s great sports teams. The author shares his understanding of Maori culture and how it influences the approach to performance. It provides 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business. It’s a book that will be of use in any leadership or performance development role.

What’s Good

Easily quotable! Lots of little stories and examples of how a culture was transformed. Each chapter begins with an aphorism from the Maori culture, a memorable title and a summary. For example, Sweep the Sheds is about never being too big for the important small things which mustn’t be left to someone else. 


No one individual is bigger than the team. Better people make better All Blacks. Champions do extra. Leaders create leaders.

Something to Try

Take any one of these chapters and if you work in or with any sort of team think about how it might apply.