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Nov 8, 2018

Part 2 of our interview with James Kerr, bestselling author of the book ‘Legacy’.

As part of our 10 year Anniversary, we were delighted to have James Kerr at our latest Lincoln Insights Breakfast Seminar. Kerr draws a crowd with over 200 leaders meet and connect in the historic sporting grounds of the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in October. As part of this, James also recorded a podcast with us which we have broken into two parts.

In 2010 James became one of the only ever people to be allowed inside the camp of the New Zealand All Blacks, the most successful sporting team in history. What he learned from this experience he translated into 15 lessons that can be translated into any high performance team be it sport, military or business for success. James Kerr’s book has been described as ‘seminal’ by the Independent newspaper and ‘unputdownable’ by Bloomberg. The Daily Telegraph newspaper called it the ‘modern version of Vince Lombardi’s guides to coaching’ and says ‘for those searching for genuine keys to team culture, it is manna from heaven.’ Kerr argues that all winning teams share the same high performance principles; a relentless focus on excellence, a collective commitment to an ‘uncommon cause’, a high degree of autonomy, trust and individual initiative, clear, candid and compelling communication, an emphasis on individual accountability, integrity and genuine humility, underpinned by a climate in which ‘leaders create leaders’.

James Kerr and Legacy quotes 15 lessons that can be applied to any individual or business from the All Blacks.

There are:

  1. Sweep the Sheds
  2. Go for the Gap
  3. Play with Purpose
  4. Pass the Ball
  5. Create a Learning Environment
  6. No Dickheads
  7. Embrace Expectations
  8. Train to Win
  9. Keep a Blue Head
  10. Know Thyself
  11. Sacrifice
  12. Invent a Language
  13. Ritualize to Actualize
  14. Be a Good Ancestor

James is an exceptional storyteller and this podcast covers some of the key topics from his book, as well as insights into James’ next project and some insights into the tactics and routines of the man himself.