The long and short of it
Martha writes, “Golf teaches me foundational concepts about my online coaching business. The game of golf has a long game and a short game. The long game gets the ball from the tee onto the fairway. It teaches me about the set up: Vision, mission and planning.
The aim in the short game is to get the ball from the fairway onto the green. The short game teaches me that my posture and how I set up each shot determines the power in my swing to connect with the ball: How to connect with my clients and offer a service that is meaningful to them. Then there is the ever-important sinking-of- the-putt: The coach/client agreement.”
I’m not so sure Martha’s got it quite right with the, “The long game gets the ball from the tee onto the fairway,” since hitting greens is also part of the process.” And I’m still working on the sinking the putt, coach/client metaphor.
Golf as a metaphor for entrepreneurship
Dr Jeff Cornwall’s one shot at a time metaphor makes more sense when he writes, “Golf is a game best played one shot at a time. Never get ahead of yourself in this game or it will cost you! The minute you start thinking a score you can shoot is usually when it all falls apart on you. View your business one day, one pay period, one year at a time. I have seen too many entrepreneurs planning, or even worse spending, fortunes that they have not yet earned. In the process they usually take their eyes off what is critical at the moment and can jeopardize the whole venture.”
Golf and Other Bad Metaphors for Business
Thomas J. Lee writes, “Golf, however, is a perfectly awful metaphor in business. It is awful because there are no real parallels between performance in business and performance in golf. What matters in business has nothing to do with what matters in golf…the sport of golf is a solitary enterprise. It requires intense concentration, hushed silence, and perfect form, and it is so very leisurely. It isn't noisy or messy, and it certainly isn't fast. It does not require collaboration or innovation or engagement or teamwork or agility or communication of any sort—all of which are essential components of business success. Conducting an orchestra comes closer to running a business than golf ever can. For that matter, a Saturday night jazz quartet is more like a business than a Saturday morning foursome is.”
Here's the link to Martha to Dr Cornwall and Thomas J. Lee
Quote of the Day
“I play golf because there are infinite opportunities to practice awareness of the breath. If I hold my breath it is harder to hit the ball straight. I get to practice proper posture and alert relaxation.”
– Martha Pasternack