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AFL coaches Damien Hardwick and Nathan Buckley offer coaching solution for Australian cricket coach Justin Langer

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Damien Hardwick, frustrated by his team’s failure to meet expectations, berated the Tigers ever more fiercely across a season that went from bad to worse. At the end of the year, at the same time the club warded off an attempted spill of the board, Hardwick was counselled to change his ways. Tellingly, he was aided by the recruitment of perhaps football’s best “people person”, Neil Balme, as head of football.

Hardwick’s changes included allowing more delegation to his assistant coaches, emphasising the strengths of his players rather than fretting over their weaknesses, consenting to “freedom within a framework” regarding game plans, and emphasising the celebration of good things, the connection between people, and comfort in being vulnerable.

Most of all, Hardwick let players into the softer side known to his family and friends. These alterations did not ensure…

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