Rod Macqueen

Our Great Coach on this episode is Rod Macqueen.

Rod is an Australian Rugby Union Coach.

Rod started coaching in the 1980’s before taking over the NSW Waratahs in 1991. From there he went on to become the inaugural coach for the Brumbies in the newly formed Super Rugby competition.

In 1997 he was appointed as the Head Coach of the Australian Wallabies, and the team goes on to win the 1999 World Cup, the Tri Nation series for the first time, the Bledisloe Cup 3 years in a row and then it culminates with being the first Australian team to win over the British & Irish Lions in 2001.

Rod is also successful business owner and in this interview talks about the similarities between sport and business when it comes to leadership, culture and strategy.

Some of the other key highlights of our discussion include:

The journey of the Australian team towards winning the World Cup, and how he laid out the path to that victory by focusing the on 3 key elements of the journey; the beginning , the journey and the destiny.

His views on the fine line between arrogance and confidence.

How he used business plans to outline the vision for this teams, and a key part of that plan was the coaching succession plan to replace him.

And The importance of empowering the players to make decisions, so that as the coach can look forward and try to see what is going to happen next.

This was a terrific conversation with Rod, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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