Our Great Coach on this episode is John Buchanan.
John started his coaching career in 1978 with minor county side Oldham in England. In his first year they won the league and cup double for the first time in 40 years.
He then went on to coach the Queensland Bulls to 2 Sheffield Shields, the first the state had ever won in their 69 years in the competition.
And then in 1999 was appointed coach of the Australian cricket team. In 8 years leading the team they won 3 consecutive World Cups, a world record 16 consecutive Test Victories, Ashes victories 2001 and 2003 and winning a test series in India for the first time in 36 years.
He finished in 2007 with a winning % of 77, a number higher than Phil Jackson, Alex Ferguson or Vince Lombardi.
He has also held coaching and consulting positions with the Kolkata Knight Riders, and both the England and New Zealand cricket teams.
John is a master coach; his record places him alongside the greats in all sports.
He is calm, insightful and with the rare ability to combine building a dynamic vision, with the innovation and the daily practice required to achieve it.
It was an immense highlight for me to spend some time with him, and the key things that stayed me with afterwards were:
His belief that Great coaches try to take people beyond their horizons, and out of their comfort zones.
The importance of creating a vision that gives the team a competitive advantage. And how your technical, physical, mental, and tactical skills come together to determine your leadership skills
The story he shares about the creation of the Invisibles term to both motivate and define the record breaking test team that he led.
And The importance of history, and how that can create a sense of belonging and energy within a team.
This was a wonderful conversation, with a master coach and I hope you enjoy it as much as Jim and I did.
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