Kirsten is a former South African cricketer, and the World Cup winning coach of
the Indian cricket team.
the international cricketing scene, his peers knew Gary Kirsten as a man on
whom the whole team could depend on in times of crisis.
batsman, his ability to withstand enormous pressure from the fastest bowlers
and the most crafted spinners was legendary.
unique ability to score a century against every test playing nation, bears
testimony to his endurance and understanding of the dynamics of every bowling
greatest batting achievement is the record-equaling score of 275 against
England, an innings that lasted over 14 hours and 30 minutes. This epitomized
his complete self-discipline.
playing 101 Tests and 185 ODI’s, he gained an insight to a world understood by
very few people. By his own admission, his ability and technique needed to be
complimented with a temperament that demanded absolute dedication to further
self-improvement and reflection.
ability and dedication to game eventually led to his finest hour – the coach of
Team India that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
coach and mentor to some of the greatest players in the history of cricket,
Gary needed to understand the dynamics that would see them perform consistently
over a period of time.
through his persistence and experience created a winning culture and a sense of
self-belief in the Indian team. His skill takes credit for getting the
best out of his players whilst maintaining their respect – both on and off of
the field. He is a very inspirational leader, now much sort after as an inspirational
speaker. Gary Kirsten engages with a variety of groups in varying forums,
giving insights into his leadership philosophies and how these helped Team India
and Cricket South Africa reach their respective goals. His achievements and
humility set him apart as speaker.
is now building on his successes with the Indian cricket team, by further
unlocking the potential within the South African cricket system and identifying
up and coming talented young players.
leadership style is the perfect blend of humility, discipline, empowerment and
ambition. He is successful because his true intent is to make others shine
attention to detail and structured approach makes him an effective
communicator. His articulate and eloquent manner combined with an unmistakable
presence endears him to all. Known for his straightforward approach, Gary has
the knack of simplifying often-complicated issues. His passion for excellence
and accountability is infectious.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
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