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The title begs an interesting question. With so many support roles in cricket, which are the most useful? A criticism of the current Australian men’s team is their overwhelming staff size. Rather than facilitating better communication and information exchange, the staff has been accused of clogging up those very communication pathways they are supposed to serve. Too many cooks spoil the broth! Read More

John Wooden, my favourite coach and perhaps the greatest of all time, said: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable”. Wooden said a lot of true and important things in a long life of service, but none I’d argue more important or true than this. While we must all define our own success, ultimately, as Wooden points out, if you exhaust your physical and mental capacity in the pursuit of excellence, the result can be nothing but peace of mind.

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My recent coaching experience in Asia was an eye-opener. Perhaps the biggest shock was the overwhelming lack of communication. What little communication did occur was drowned in a sea of ambiguity. I witnessed no reliable process or protocol that allows the clear, concise transfer of information. The result was that cooperation was difficult, and reliable feedback was rare. The level of disorder would have been comical had it not had such dire consequences. Perhaps most tragically, young cricketers filled with talent and kindness, had become so accustomed to this disorder that they accepted it and unconsciously embraced it. Herein lies the topic of this piece. Communication is so important. So how can we get better?

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