John Buchanan is regarded as one of the most successful international sports coaches in history. From this background, he translates the deep insights of peak performance on the sports field into winning behaviours and actions in the business arena.

What’s your Everest?

What’s your Everest?


Amazing, we were so impressed with John Buchanan's willingness to share his experiences and relate to us.

State Manager, Synchronised Business Services Pty Ltd

Something different injecting renewed excitement into our afternoon meetings!

MD, Opex Consulting

John Buchanan did an excellent job - he gave us more time than we expected and answered questions frankly and helpfully.

LJ Hooker – Elite Leaders Forum

During these uncertain times it was great to have a high profile personality join the team and share his insights and experiences. Some of the staff were star struck and really made their day/week. Definitely a great experience.

Lea Staats - Knight Frank

Absolute privilege to have John join our meeting, was a buzz!

GM Security Operations, NBN CO

COVID has changed and will continue to change the world we live and work in. It is a challenge for leaders to navigate their way through the impacts now, and next, positioning the business to be market dominant into the future. It is also a huge challenge for staff who are grappling with changing workplace environments.

John Buchanan is a Peak Performance Coach with over 30 years of experience in helping teams, businesses and organisations find their winning model for sustaining them through good and bad times. From his time as a business consultant and a professional sports coach, including head coach of one of the greatest teams in sports history, the Australian Cricket team from 1999-2007, John has crafted a step-by-step methodology to create and maintain peak performance. It is his What's your Everest program.

A coach and a leader with a unique perspective on the world, John is at home in any environment which seeks change, a desire for peak performance, and a vision to be the game-changers. Telstra, HSBC (India), Mahindra BT, Idemitsu, Vale, Technology One are among corporate clients he has helped through his peak performance leadership programs. The FA, the ECB, Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL), NRL, Queensland Reds, Athletics Australia have all utilised John’s coaching and leadership expertise after his time with Cricket Australia. And since 2007, John has spoken to over 200,000 people across 5 continents.

John has a relaxed and personable manner and is known for his engaging story-telling and practical take-aways from his presentations. Combining his style with his absolute passion for coaching Peak Performance, it is little wonder he readily connects with all audiences who choose this journey. John has also authored three books, with “If Better is Possible” a best-seller.

Speaking Topics

What’s your Everest?

Einstein provided his definition of insanity saying it is people or organisations who keep doing the same thing but expect a different result. I totally subscribe to this principle and it is a keystone of my leadership and coaching philosophy – why play the same game as everyone else?

Change the game and be ahead of the pack! It was the opening lines of John's first speech to the Australian Cricket team when he took over as head coach in November 1999, “…..we are going on a journey to Everest together…..” This was the beginning of taking a good team to greatness. It was about setting a vision for change that was aspirational and inspirational and never losing sight of the end goal. In order to do so, it required John as head coach to have one foot in the present and one foot in the future.

Take-aways for the audience include:

  • The importance of vision
  • Leading through values, principles, actions and behaviours and not your technical expertise
  • Keeping your people constantly motivated to achieve great outcomes
  • Managing internal and external stakeholders to the organization

Winning teams – what sets them apart from the rest?

The ABs talk about the ‘the last man out cleans the sheds’. In Good to Great, Jim Collins talks about great teams have a culture of freedom and responsibility but within a defined framework. Simon Sinek views strong leadership as a vital element to teams being successful. Military, business and political leaders that head successful organisations see shared values, accountability, teamwork and a never say die attitude as trademarks in their teams.

John draws from each of these cases and insights to winning or peak performance teams and adds his wealth of experience in leading peak performance to the teams he has coached and businesses with which he has consulted.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to inspire through vision and related peak performance strategy
  • Leadership culture – what does it really mean
  • Developing a Learning environment including a growth mindset for your people
  • Selecting and developing the right people to chase the vision
  • Understand what Success looks like, how to measure and celebrate it

Set yourself up for Success

Each of us face our challenges every day. Some we meet and defeat. Others seem to be impossible. It is often said, the true measure of someone is not how many times you have been knocked down, but that you keep getting back up to go again.

So how do you become resilient? How do you have a mindset that is half-full rather than half-empty? How do you believe in yourself when others doubt your abilities and capabilities?

It is all about reflecting upon your successes – no matter how small.

John has had the opportunity to look at very successful people in sport and business at close range. He is also a father and grandfather which provides him further insights into what it takes to be mentally tough to deal with what life serves you.

Not only will you be energised by this talk, but you will also walk away with immediate applications like:

  • Understanding the athlete’s mindset and how it can work for you
  • Being your own best coach
  • Dealing with obstacles, hurdles, the unplanned

Leaders dream and DO!

John has been fortunate to have been around many wonderful leaders, corporately, in sport, in education and in society. He has also been fortunate to be in positions of leadership himself – to walk similar paths to those whom have inspired him.

John has also been very fortunate with a good education and a wonderful family to support him.

But like all leaders, his career and career dreams have rarely gone to plan.

There have been many surprises, pitfalls and events outside his control that have conspired against him. Yet the journey he has taken has enriched his life and understanding of what leadership and leading is.

While being entertained by the presentation, the audience will also be learning about:

  • Clearly defining how you lead, your leadership and coaching philosophy
  • People management in keeping morale high, dealing with the big egos and mavericks
  • How to lead for peak performance and remain on top

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