The business of football
The business of football

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The business of football

Week 2 The secrets of motivation and teams

Introduction to Week 2

Ben and Jacky introduce you to Week 2.
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Jacky Hinton
We're now going to focus on motivation at work and the dynamics of working in a team.
Ben Oakley
We take a different approach from the study you have just completed using interviews from professional football players and other club employees to illustrate some of the complexities.
Jacky Hinton
Using these we explore broader business principles of how to nurture a motivational climate and effective teams.
Ben Oakley
So, for footballers, you might assume that doing a job you love and being well paid is all that is required to ensure motivated individuals and successful team work.
Jacky Hinton
After all footballers, from the outside, appear to have it all but you will see that there is far more to work place motivation and teamwork than meets the eye.
Ben Oakley
Some of the insights and research findings may well surprise you.
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In this week our focus will be on people, including players, working in football clubs, including players. We use this to investigate what motivates people at work. By asking those working behind the scenes at football clubs, from the boardroom to the boot room, what they find satisfying and dissatisfying in their job we explore how leaders and managers might shape the working environment to get the best out of people. You’ll be asked to apply this to your own situation and to reflect, for example, on what motivates you to get up in the morning and go to work.

The second main theme this week is also one that you are likely to have had experience of – working in teams. You’ll be considering the factors that may make teams more likely to succeed and how teams influence an individual’s motivation. We draw on a rich seam of our own specially produced films to respond to the following questions. These are complex issues and some of the research findings may well challenge your thinking. 

  • What can leaders and managers do to help enhance employees’ motivation and to make work satisfying in different parts of the football business?
  • What makes some teams more likely to succeed than others and how do teams affect individual motivation?
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