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The Last Word on Hansen (for now)

Steve Hansen may be celebrating his last media appearance but I really hope we hear his voice again, not on rugby but on management, leadership and performance. You will know that I am a total fan of his leadership philosophy and practice. I’m sure there are great leaders out there […]

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Self-Taught Genius

I was mucking around on guitars in a music shop when an assistant asked me if I was self-taught. I replied that I was and asked her how she knew. She said that trained musicians played pieces whereas self-taught people tended to improvise (the technical term when mucking around on […]

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Upside of anger

More opportunities to learn about leadership from the head of one of the world’s most successful organisations! The All Blacks started poorly against the lowest-ranked team in the competition and were clearly guilty of complacency. And here begins a lesson in devolved leadership (we described earlier as the transfer of […]

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Creating on-field leaders

I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about performance culture. One of my reference points is the All Blacks who exemplify a self-regulating performance culture (which I discussed in “Why the All Blacks are the best in the world”). There’s one dimension which I think underpins everything else – the […]

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Moon shot culture

I know the time for the anniversary of the moon landings is over, but sometimes things take a while to percolate through my mind. A few weeks ago my friend Bob Weston told me about a podcast he had listened to (after he’d listened to ours of course) about the […]

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The third voice – the magic of collaboration

Emmy Lou Harris has collaborated with many (perhaps even most) of the great recording artists over the last 30 years in the country/folk rock space. She said, “When you combine two unique voices it creates a third phantom voice.” I know what she means. My most important collaboration is with […]

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