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The Inner Chief

Mar 1, 2022

In this Best of Series episode, we hear from former Wallaby rugby player Daniel Herbert, CEO of SSKB on what executives can learn from elite sport, what made him stand out from the pack and how to be indispensable to an organisation.


Daniel played 67 tests for the Wallabies, Australia’s national rugby union team. He was a part of the glory era of Australian rugby, winning the Rugby World Cup in 1999, the Bledisloe Cup contested between Australia and New Zealand, and also beating the British and Irish Lions in 2001, a series that Wallaby players only contest every 12 years. 

He also captained the Queensland Reds and was World Player of the Year in 1999. In short, he is an Australian sporting great.

Since retiring from rugby, Daniel has gone onto a successful corporate career, having been involved on the commercial side of sportswear brand Skins and the Queensland Reds, and is now the CEO of property services firm, SSKB.

In this episode, you’re going to hear Daniel talk about:

  • Lessons from elite sport, and what hasn’t translated into the corporate world;
  • Living by his mantra of ‘Hard work will beat talent when talent doesn’t work hard’;
  • How he became indispensable to his team, and how this applies in the corporate world; and
  • Why an aligned executive leadership will knock it out of the park.

Connecting with Daniel Herbert

You can connect with Daniel via LinkedIn.

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