Everybody Sweeps the Shed

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New Zealand’s legendary rugby team, the All Blacks, may be best known for the Haka with which they begin every match, but there are other traditions connected to their extraordinary success. One such tradition that defines the culture of the All Blacks is that of Sweeping the Shed, a phrase that captures the sense that no individual member of the team is bigger than the team and its ancestors. In this tradition, everyone is responsible for the smallest details, including cleaning the locker room. Everyone sweeps the shed.

What would it mean to apply this tradition to your work group or team?

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