Cricket shows business and politics how Australia and India should get closer

Can Australian business wake up to new realities – for example, if you do not have an India engagement strategy then you are missing out on the growth centre of the world.

Cricket had to wake up too – India is now the epicentre of cricket and the biggest contest in town is Australia and India.

The cricket battle between Australia and India has provided special moments and lots of insights into how our two countries should relate.

First, enjoy the difference – both teams clearly enjoyed their interaction and cultural differences.

Second, go beyond the basic commitment – the Tweet and pic of the series was Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and Bonnie Paine when he was babysitting the Paine children.

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Third, adapt to each other – Australia toned down the sledging and India toned it up, thereby meeting in the middle.

Fourth, sometimes we can all be direct – Indians are known as “indirect” communicators but Captain Kohli and his bat conveyed a direct message when he made a century – “my bat is talking!”

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Fifth, conflict can be followed by harmony – both teams crossed the line but quickly resumed the contest as normal, tough but not over the top.

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Sixth, crowds can tell you a lot about a country – Australia is an increasingly successful multicultural community and enjoying it.

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Now the cricket is done – how about Aussie business and politics – can they learn too, and engage more closely with India?

Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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