#NewGeneration All Blacks

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The All Blacks have lost over 700 caps with the retirement of the Golden Generation – McCaw, Mealamu, Smith, Nonu and Carter all gone. A time of vulnerability? A time for rebuilding? No. A time for ‘re-establishment’ is what Coach Steve Hansen calls it. Succession planning and Inspirational Leadership to the fore. Sam Cane, Aaron…

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64 Shots – A Taste

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As we gear towards the launch on June 21 of 64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World, I’m going to post some extracts and highlights from the book as tasters. I have stood on some mighty shoulders on my own leader’s journey, and today I share some of their wisdom from the text. In order…

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Meet The Nowhere Man

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It takes a lot of time to establish a continuing character kind of fictional hero. One who you feel you know, one you’d like to have a beer with, one you’d trust your life to. Over the past decade or more, I’ve kept company with Gabriel Allon and Jack Reacher – both of whom have…

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Top new people at top world sports

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Sport is now a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Two of the world’s leading sports organizations – World Rugby and Fifa – have new people at the helm, with both appointments coming at a time when sport has never been more popular, or problematic. The challenges range from money – not the lack of it but where…

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Guy Clark, Texas Troubadour (1941-2016)

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Andy Murray wrote me today that Guy Clark had passed. “He’s one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith. Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape.“ My friend Robin Dyke introduced me to Guy Clark. Have been playing his Songs & Stories Live album all…

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We are the ones we have been waiting for

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I am blessed that two parts of the world in which I live – New Zealand and northwest Arizona – have significant indigenous cultures and traditions. Both Maori and Hopi Indian cultures have deep spiritual dimensions associated with the environment, family, life and death. For Maori, the life force is known as Mauri, the essential…

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Talking TED

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Speaking in public to an audience is the most terrifying experience many – most – people will have. Yet when you master the skills, have a story worth sharing, and deliver a great performance, the experience can be like skyrockets going off in your mind. The TED movement – originally for Technology, Entertainment and Design…

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The Foxes Have It

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I’m a diehard Man City mad man who bleeds light blue. All football allegiances give way this week to the extraordinary achievement of the Foxes. Fist pumping congratulations to Claudio Ranieri and his extraordinary Leicester City for pulling off the coup of the century (and also to music maestro Rich Robinson whose love for Leicester…

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When I’m 64

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“Before 70 we are merely respected, at best, and we have to behave all the time but after 70 we are respected, esteemed, admired, revered, and don’t have to behave unless we want to”… so said Mark Twain. Thanks to Lennon and McCartney, 70 has now become 64… (another reason why 64 Shots) so permission…

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The Cemento

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Creativity is at the Heart of Human Progress – and a fine exponent of the art is my friend – Giuliano Mazzuoli, a Florentine designer and inventor of the classic school. Check out my favourite watch, the Manometro in stainless steel, and the table clock I can’t live without. Both look like they’ve come straight…

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Victoria Wood RIP

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My best friend (and first wife – Barbara) and our daughter Nikki’s favourite comedienne, Victoria Wood, died this week. A Lancastrian to the core, she was the spokesperson and the mirror for English social class warfare. Everyone loved Victoria and everyone of my generation has a favourite piece of hers. Last night over dinner with…

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Yum

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Just received my first 4 copies of 64 Shots – Leadership in a Crazy World – my new book. It’s my 6th published book and despite the ease and convenience of E-Books and kindles, nothing beats the touch, feel, smell of a brand new, fresh off-the-galleys, hardback book. (Nothing except maybe the thrill of actually…

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First We Say Sorry

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I haven’t posted in April – have been contemplating whether to continue the blog, or whether it’s time to move on. We continue. But first we say sorry – properly. The 13th most famous quote is Love Story’s “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”. I couldn’t disagree more. I’m more in Ryan O’Neal’s…

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The ‘Art’ in Artificial Intelligence

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Author Brian Green once said that art makes us human. Across the board it seems that many of us agree. Some call it culture, some call it creativity, but we all seem to believe that art in some form differentiates us humans from the rest of the living world or other forms of intelligence. A…

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