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John Buchanan became the Australian cricket team coach in 1999 and in 2007 finished a very successful campaign as coach of Australia. John coached the team to a world record number of straight Test Matches (16 wins), consecutive One Day International victories (21) and set an unprecedented World Cup record with 2 World Cups and 24 games undefeated. At the time of his retirement, the Australian Cricket Team were the World Cup Champions, Test Cricket Champions and One Day Champions, and also returned the Ashes to Australia in early 2007. This record of victories makes John the most successful coach in history with a winning record of over 75% since 1999.
These victories make John the most successful coach in cricket history with a winning record of 76.9% in Test Matches and 74.07% in One Day Internationals. John's winning record is higher than the most famous coaches in sports history - Phil Jackson (Chicago Bulls Basketball coach during the Michael Jordan era) - winning ratio = 72.5% and Vince Lombardi (NFL's former Green Bay Packers coach) - winning ratio = 71.9%.
John Buchanan is also renowned for delivering Queensland their first Sheffield Shield title in 1994/5. In five years of coaching Queensland, they won the Sheffield Shield and Mercantile Mutual Cup twice.
John has a degree in Human Movement, a teaching Diploma and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Alberta University in Canada. He has also been granted an honourary doctorate by the University of Queensland for his services to sport.This education has influenced John's coaching style, which is vastly different to those used by cricket coaches for generations. While he was the first coach to use computer analysis of every ball bowled, he retained a unique approach to coach the 'whole person' rather than just the athlete.
John was a professional cricket player and represented Queensland in the late 1970s. He has held positions with the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, the Department of Tourism, Sports and Racing (Queensland) and lectured at the University of Canberra.
John's first book, If Better is Possible, continues to be a popular across many audiences from corporate leaders to sport coaches and athletes. His second book, Learning from Legends – Australian Cricket, focuses on leadership lessons was released in November, 2008; while his most recently published book, The Future of Cricket deals with the 20 over phenomenon and where the game may be heading.
Since retiring from coaching, John Buchanan has transferred his uniquely innovative coaching and leadership strategies from the cricket pitch to the corporate arena.
Speaking of his role as a corporate speaker he says "It's about transforming skills and knowledge to develop high-performance teams...I am a coach but in the broadest sense."
John Buchanan uses his coaching expertise and innovative methodologies, combined with lengthy experience dealing with various business sectors including mining, finance, car, accounting & consulting to design a program to meet individual team needs. His programs aim to achieve high performing teams through a process of leadership culture by demonstrating how to:
Success in Sport requires outstanding leadership on the field, on the training paddock, and with the athletes. The leadership demonstrated is a combination of command leadership, management leadership and visionary leadership. Consequently, the Head Coach who is accountable for team performance understands that he or she alone cannot achieve sustainable success – the Head Coach requires a leadership culture to give the team, the club, the franchise business the best chance of delivering high performance.
We all seek some type of leadership daily as we grapple with our various emotional, spiritual, community, social, sporting and technological worlds. It is no different in our organisational or working world. Organisational leaders like Head Coaches are required to make good decisions constantly on behalf of all its stakeholders. In so doing, the CEO helps ensure the safety and security of his or her staff, and the growth of the company for the investors and owners.
It is important to realise how to create a leadership culture. It comprises 3 parts –
The world’s greatest teams such as the All Blacks, Manchester United, New York Yankees, and the world’s greatest athletes such as Rodger Federer, the Williams sisters, Tiger Woods, Usain Bolt and so on all have coaches. Each in their own right has extreme talent, but still requires the coaching process to bring out the best in them, and to help sustain high performance.
The CEO or the business team which aims to not only be the best in their market place, but also aim to dominate that market place for the long term are no different from the sporting legends. The leader and the organisation need to embrace a coaching process which supports the achievement of similar high performance results, year in, year out.
During my time as Head Coach of a number of teams, some successful such as the Australian Cricket team (8 years), the Queensland Bulls (5 years), and some less successful Middlesex CCC (1 season), Kolkata Knight Riders (2 seasons), I have become very clear on a coaching process that achieves high performance results.
High Performance Teams Workshops:
Coaching Process Workshops:
know and understand your coaching philosophy
the 10 step approach to coaching within your team or organisation
20 Tips and techniques to being a successful coach
“If Better Is Possible” takes the reader through the journey to High Performance and provides valuable hints and ideas to achieve such a result.
“John attended our annual leadership conference in Jaipur and presented what it meant to be a high performance team, and importantly how to lead one. John shared several leadership lessons, which were made real with stories from John’s experience coaching the Australian cricket team and the Kolkata Knight Riders organization. All the delegates at the conference enjoyed John’s presentation and were able to take many lessons back to apply in their own business units.”