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Play Business Like Golf
One of my dreams is to play the top 100 rated golf courses in the world. Often these courses are private country clubs that hold professional golf tournaments. To date, I have been fortunate to play more than 30 of them. Every year, I look forward to Golf Digest magazine’s new rankings to look for new courses I may be able to play.
Imagine getting invited to play golf at a brand new top golf course. You plan your trip for months and finally arrive, excited. On the first tee you hit your first shot right down the middle, around 240 yards. Not able to see the green yet, you hit a three-wood down the left side of the fairway 215 yards. The green should be close now. As you approach your ball, you still can’t see the green, so you ask your playing partner for directions. He informs you this course is unique as there are no greens, pins or holes at which to aim, only a long fairway meandering through the beautiful countryside. The object of this four-hour round is to enjoy the scenery and try your best. No score will be kept, and you’ll just golf all day until quitting time.
Can you imagine wanting to play golf without greens, targets, pins or holes. Seems absurd, doesn’t it? Look at your business. Is it like this game of golf? Are there clear targets for everyone?
Make business like golf
Golf is a competitive and challenging game. There are lots of different shots, club selection is a personal choice, and the game is enjoyed with friends working toward a common goal. No matter what you shoot, you can always improve. The targets are clear, and the greens are easy to see.
Add a wager
As a golfer, I always play better when there is a small wager on the game. The stakes don’t have to be very high to keep my mind on the game. A $5 bet keeps me focused, improves my concentration, and lowers my score every time. Try adding small prizes to your business targets to get the team excited about winning the game. Simple and fun incentives work as well or, often, better than cash.
|Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2009 12:17|