We have been having conversations about legacy and leadership at Saragossa – inspired by the book ‘Legacy – What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life’.

Building a Legacy: Lessons from the All Blacks

High-performing teams promote a culture of honesty, authenticity, and safe conflict.

The New Zealand rugby team, All Blacks, is one of the most successful sports teams in history, and their achievements on the rugby field have been attributed to their unique culture, leadership, and focus on excellence.

The All Blacks are a collective of inspiring sports personalities driven by a shared identity, who are committed to each other, clear about who they are, what they stand for, and why they exist. This shared understanding and culture is powerful and continues to drive their success.

Many businesses can learn from their example – how leaders can inspire their people to continue to strive to be the best they can be every day, leaving a legacy behind them that they can be proud of and that can be picked up by any successor to improve on so that the process can continue to get better and better.

Everyone in our business is unique bringing a different set of skills, motivations, and experiences with them. They are our greatest asset and each and every one of them lives by the phrase ‘Project Brilliant.’ This in a nutshell means that we ensure that every encounter we have with our clients, candidates, service providers, and each other is the best that it can be, and that conversation will be the most positive and constructive one the person they are speaking to has all day.

In the book they also delve into the mental resilience and psychological aspects of the All Black’s success, how to handle pressure and adversity. At Saragossa, we’ve cultivated an environment that encourages proactive support, not just from leadership but from all levels, at all times. Even when things don’t go to plan, or you are challenged, the collective will step up and have your back. Together we are stronger than the sum of our parts.

The strength of the wolf is the pack; the strength of the pack is the wolf.

Source: 15 Lessons in Leadership You Can Learn from the All Blacks


Further reading:

The values we live by

Project Brilliant