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Legacy by James Kerr
Date: Sep 03, 2020
The first stage of learning is silence, the second stage is listening
Legacy by James Kerr is all about what the All Blacks rugby team can teach us about the business of life.
In 2004 eight men sat in a room at the New Zealand Rugby Union Headquarters with their only aim being how they were going to fix things in the team. The All Blacks had just lost to South Africa 40-26, finishing last in the annual Tri-Nations tournament. It was the beginning of a long, painstaking & often painful process that eventually led to Rugby World Cup glory.
James Kerr takes you on the journey that the All Blacks themselves went through. He talks about how they empowered the team, allowing and expecting each team member to take on the responsibility for their own performance, with the team's success at the forefront of their mind.
As a business owner we can go through a similar experience. It is healthy to reassess where we have come from, to honestly answer where we are now and how far we are from where we want to be. The key is then having the courage to take the next steps towards your future business.
The All Blacks went back to their roots and their Maori heritage. They dug deep into their own insecurities and turned them into their strengths.
Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku māpihi mauria
My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul
Leadership is key in their success and they have a saying that instills this in everyone: "Pass the ball". This means that the leadership is passed on from manager to coach to captain to the team, with each person knowing and understanding what it is that they need to do for the team to succeed and living up to those responsibilities.
As a business owner you may not have a team around you, such as staff, however you can build a trusted network around you that can become your team.
James Kerr draws on other experts in their fields throughout the book such as John Kotter, a former professor at Harvard Business School who said "we learn best - and change - from hearing stories that strike a chord within. Those in leadership positions who fail to grasp or use the power of stories risk failure for their companies or for themselves"
As a business owner we need to continually develop and manage our mindset but we also need to remember the stories that set us out on this path. We need to be constantly learning and adapting. That way we can manage our business successfully in the good times and the bad as we have the skills available to do just that.
As the All Blacks would say "If you're not growing anywhere. you're not going anywhere"