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Buchanan’s radical ideas

Calcutta: In top gun John Buchanan’s opinion, the coach (or manager in the context of a business) needs to be a visionary.

That was one of the points he made during an awe-encouraging talk on ‘Managing Champion Teams’, hosted by HSBC, Friday night.

Besides being a visionary, the coach/manager should actually work towards becoming “redundant.” According to Buchanan, who has been with world champions Australia for a shade under four years, the coach will then end up acting as “assistant coach.”

Quite a radical offering that but, then, Buchanan isn’t the conventional sort. Not that he is too concerned with labels, something he emphasised during a chat with The Telegraph.

Incidentally, the ‘theme’ of Buchanan’s presentation was: ‘How to be a Sachin in your own stadium’. In seeking to get there, though, one should “never” be (fully) satisfied.

The city, by the way, was Buchanan’s last stop on a tour which began in New Delhi and took him to Mumbai and Bangalore.

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