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The business of football
The business of football

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4 From individuals to teams

So far you have focused on individual motivation and satisfaction at work. But what about the added complexity of people working together in teams? One of the main representations of a team in football is the playing team itself. This leads us towards considering what stimulates effective motivation and collaboration within teams. What can we apply to the workplace from the way successful sports teams operate?

You will now consider these questions drawing on your own experience of being part of a team and observing both successful and unsuccessful football teams.

A photograph of Gareth Southgate with his hands on the shoulders of Marcus Rashford.
Figure 5 England manager Gareth Southgate with player Marcus Rashford, July 2018.