The All Blacks are good at what they do, and lately never better. There are many reasons for that success, but here’s one of them – New Zealand’s supremacy a testament to All Blacks ideal of shared ownership
They have not lost in the tournament since then and their success rate in 118 Tests played since the beginning of 2008 is 88.98%: they have won as many matches as Ireland and France combined, averaging nearly four tries a match. Hansen was part of the management team headed by Graham Henry in 2007. Until then, World Cup failure, and that was defined as not returning home with the trophy, meant automatic dismissal. The New Zealand Rugby Union paused for reflection eight years ago and after Henry was reappointed, along with Hansen and Wayne Smith, he modified his approach and gave, in his words, ownership to the players.
He established a group of four on-field leaders, who would get together with the coaches the night after a match to review it and plan for the next one, and three off it, who worked with the team manager, organising the squad’s schedule and helping ease in new players. The system remains…
The Japanese proved decades ago that shared ownership – involving workers in management – is a highly successful and productive model. Why is it used so seldom in NZ? If we won’t learn from Japan, would we consider learning from the All Blacks?