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XV All Blacks Values

March 16, 2018


I’ve watched and admired the All Blacks for 40 years now – and sat on the NZ Rugby Board.  What makes them so successful?  It starts with Values.  Here they are.

  1. Sacrifice
  • Give up things that won’t help you reach the summit.
  • Proves that the goal is worth chasing.
  1. Respect
  • The legacy, the team, and the role of every individual.
  • Leave it better than when you found it.
  1. Gratitude
  • Pressure is a privilege.  Be grateful to have the opportunity to experience it.
  1. Acceptance
  • Handle disappointment, man up, and do your job bloody well, whatever it is – for the Team.
  1. Speed
  • In the mind.  A positive attitude.  Fail Fast, Learn Fast, Fix Fast.
  1. Trust
  • Believe in yourself, your skills, your game-plan, your systems and your mates.
  1. Mental Toughness
  • Learn and practice TCUP.
  1. Awareness
  • Uphold the higher standards.  All the time.
  1. Open Mindedness
  • Flexible thinking, responsive to new ideas, relish change.
  1. Accountability
  • Everything can be done better.  Use examples of the best players making mistakes.  Everyone is accountable for the Team’s performance.
  1. Dedication
  • Master basic skills.
  • Meet.  Beat.  Repeat.
  1. Leadership
  • Everyone is a leader.
  • First know thyself.
  • Know what you’re doing, why, when and where.
  1. Honesty
  • With yourself and your team.
  • Review performance shortfalls brutally and directly.
  1. Core Role
  • Do your own job.  Trust your mates to do theirs.
  1. Continuous Improvement
  • Wake up the next morning and figure out how to improve.
  • Repeat daily.

Over to you now.



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