Legacy is one of those books that teaches you something every time you read it. Legacy was written by James Kerr, in which Kerr took the habits/culture from the All Blacks Rugby team and applied those principles to life and business. I can’t talk more highly of this book that seems to teach me something new everytime I pick the book up. One of my favorite things about Kerr’s writing was that he took other books on personal development and leadership and included those key points to build his case as to how the All Black method should be implemented in everyone’s life. Kerr included 15 high points as to how to make your business more successful much like the New Zealand juggernaut.
I’m not going to go into too much detail as to what these principles are because that would ruin the joy of reading the book.
Each of these items on the list should be a part of every business or personal development plan to cultivate. The reasoning behind writing out the principles were to ensure that each players that joined the All Black understood the culture and the gravity of wearing the jersey. Knowing the “why” behind everything you do is important and speakers such as Simon Sinek have done a great job putting the why at the forefront of our minds. By placing an action or “trigger” in place will develop the habits needed to keep together a successful team or business. Topics such as sweeping the shed are a physical action to trigger this why phenomena in the brain.
The three biggest takeaways I got from the book(based upon how much highlighting I performed)
1) Surround yourself with high character individuals(including yourself) This was the first chapter of the book and ultimately one of my favorites. Beware of who you hire within your company. If you work with a bunch of people that have low drive, don't expect them to go above and beyond what is required of them. This is important to keep in mind as you approach a company you want to work for. What are the type of people that they hire, what do they expect from you, is there a specific culture that they want to be apart of and does that fit your values. The next portion of the book discussed sweeping the sheds. Sweeping the sheds is something all the rugby players perform on a daily basis. Nobody expects other people to clean up after them nor should they expect anybody. This is an excellent way to stay humble and present with the team. The last portion of the chapter discussed how leaders will help shape the character of the people around them. This maybe something as little as asking other people are doing in their life or wanting to invest their time with them. To state it simply, “better people make better all blacks”.
2) Create leaders by passing responsibilities on to them
One item that I personally struggle with is delegating tasks to others whose job it is to help the company/team succeed. In my head it's easier for me to turn into Kobe Bryant in the 4th quarter and get the job done than to ask for help. All this does at the end of the day is leaves me feeling exhausted and frustrated and may make my coworkers feel jaded. By passing off tasks to other people and delegating responsibilities empowers everyone around me to work harder as well as reduces stress on myself.
3) Keep Improving
My favorite quote out of the whole book, “ Successful leaders look beyond their own field to discover new approaches, learn best practices and push margins. They pass on what they have learned.” The all blacks continued to push the envelope even when they were the best team in the world. This created a sense of urgency and prevented complacency amongst the team. My worst fear as a professional is to become stagnant in what I do and essentially live life paycheck to paycheck.
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"Working Hard for Something We Don't Care about is Called STRESS; Working Hard for Something We LOVE is called PASSION." Simon Sinek
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