Do You Have The Courage?

Do You Have The Courage?

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As a business owner or leader, giving your team autonomy has a key role in optimising performance.  Do You Have The Courage?. Autonomy is a major motivator. It allows your team to become leaders themselves. Take responsibility for their actions. Form creative solutions to problems. Be more productive and perform better. But what is autonomy and why is it important? Psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan formed their theory of Self-Determination in the late 1970s. The theory states that humans have three innate psychological needs - competence, autonomy and relatedness.  When these needs are satisfied, we're motivated, productive and happy.  When they are suppressed our motivation, productivity and happiness decrease substantially.  Research conducted by Deci and Ryan (as well as others in the field) have found that it’s autonomy which…
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How To Prepare Your Team For The Inevitable

How To Prepare Your Team For The Inevitable

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This lion stands across the road from where I live in Richmond.  I pass him every day (at least once) and he reminds me of a favourite lesson that a hero of mine liked to teach. The Legendary Bill Walsh was Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers NFL Team from 1979 to 1988. He’s considered to be one of the greatest coaches of any sport there has ever been. With Walsh in charge, the 49ers won three Super Bowls and were the victor in over 60% of the games they played.  He’s also credited for changing the way the game of Gridiron (American Football) is played - creating the West Coast Offence, an intricate way of advancing towards a score, which is the basis of how all the NFL…
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