Imposing Your Will

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By James Decker

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban. Perhaps the greatest college football coach of all time, Saban is also a master of leadership and management. Far beyond relying on coaching clichés and worn-out motivational tropes, Saban is a student of psychology and management science who truly understands how to make people better for the good of the individual and the larger organization.

Recently, after one of Alabama’s August football practices, Saban told the media something that struck me as particularly meaningful right now. Coaches often talk about their team “imposing their will” on an opponent; that is, the team, not the opponent, dictates the outcome of the game.

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