Back in business, Buchanan to coach corporates

Published: Friday, May 18, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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London:After guiding Australia to unprecedented success, two-time world cup winning coach John Buchanan plans to tread a hitherto uncharted territory as he seeks to transfer his skills and recipe of success to the corporate world.

Statistically the best coach Australia has ever had, Buchanan retired after masterminding Australia's triumph in the World Cup in Caribbean. And it looks that Aussies' loss is business world's gain.

''I want to take the lessons I've learned in life and in sport and transfer them across into business.

''Seeing whether I can assist businesses and CEOs with the knowledge I've picked up in cricket is something I'm keen on doing,'' Buchanan told BBC Sport.

After taking over from Geoff Marsh in 1999, the Queenslander took Australia to greater glories. He had his fare share of dips, notably the Ashes loss in 2005 but his faith in the process, and not in results, took Australia well beyond the reach of other teams.

''There was some heat on us but I've never been a person driven by results,'' he said.

''It's fantastic to get them and ultimately they keep you in a job, but for me it is about dealing with the process.

''If I can get that right, and if I can instil that mentality into my team, then we are in the best position to achieve our goals,'' Buchanan said.

Leaked memos, vocabulary lessons and the teachings of Chinese warlord Sun Tzu were all part of his repertoire, but Buchanan never saw his methods as radical.

''Life experience, inside and outside of sport, has shaped me the most,'' said the former coach, who never played a Test for Australia.

''My life as a sportsman, my life with my parents and other people in my life - how I was coached, and continue to be coached, is very much a part of how I coach.'' After making Australia a ruthless demolishing machine, Buchanan feels happy handing over the reigns to new coach Tim Nielsen, and taking on a new and different challenge.

''I hope I've created an environment that will facilitate the ongoing development of the national team. I'm proud of the fact that I have left behind a solid foundation for Tim to build on,'' he said.


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