06 August, 2014

Legends in black by Tom Johnson (with others) [Annie, Helensville Library]


The All Blacks are the most 'winningest' side in sporting history. And, that’s a fact. Their winning percentage has been over 76% for more than 110 years. Good luck finding another team with stats like that.

What makes them great, and has done for so long? How do the All Blacks impact our society? How did professionalism change them? What is the future of the team? Interesting questions about a great team. There are insightful interviews with All Blacks captains and coaches, and articles by academics, all investigating these, and other, questions. 

One of the most interesting chapters is that by Dr Farah Palmer, former captain of the Black Ferns. The similarities and differences between the men’s’ and women’s sides are not explicitly stated, but are obvious.  And, statistically, the Black Ferns are even more winning than the All Blacks, themselves. 

A fascinating insight that will make this a perfect Fathers’ Day gift for any dads into rugby and / or management. Yes, there are lessons for the corporate world in here. How to create organisational cultures, positive attitudes, become a good leader, etc. All things the All Blacks have honed through the years.

Title: Legends in black: New Zealand rugby greats on why we win.  
Authors: Tom Johnson with Andy Martin, Geoff Watson and Margot Butcher.
Published: Auckland, Penguin Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9780143571803. 

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