Wise Words From All Blacks Mental Skills Manager

Cambridge Partners were most privileged to recently host renowned manager, mentor, mental skills coach and international speaker Gilbert Enoka.

Gilbert is a man of many talents, but these days is best known for the 19 years he spent working with the All Blacks.  He has certainly played his part in ensuring that our national team is currently the most successful international team in the world.  (And given that they have spent ten years consistently at the top, it’s hard to imagine anyone ever beating this record!)

Gilbert is someone who speaks from the heart, in commonsense language we can all relate to.  It wasn’t a surprise to see the entire room hanging on his every word.  Along with some fascinating tales about his time with the All Blacks, he shared some great insights we could all benefit from.

  • You don’t have to be at your best all the time, but you do need to be at your best when your best is needed
  • Culture eats strategy for breakfast
  • Success is a lousy teacher – it is when you fail that you learn the most, so don’t see tough moments as a threat, view them as a challenge
  • Focus on what’s been lived, not what’s been lost
  • To be a good leader you don’t have to do more, you have to be more
  • Values aren’t as important as standards – the standard you walk past is the standard you accept

And probably the phrase that most sums up this inspirational and highly successful man: “There are three bones required to be successful: the wishbone; the backbone and the funny bone”.

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