Golf fans like me are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament, which is only a few weeks away. The legends of the game have all walked the fairways and greens of Augusta National, and many of them have become successful businesspeople outside of golf. That got me thinking: what lessons can golf teach us about being better at our business?
The more I thought about it, several lessons came to mind:
Lesson 1: Business, like championship golf, is a game of inches. The course that hosts the Masters each April is more than 7,400 yards long for tournament professionals, but what the galleries and TV audiences most remember are the inches that separate champions from runners-up. The inches between a birdie putt to take the lead, a miracle par to stay in contention, or an untimely bogey can mean the difference in winning a Green Jacket (traditionally given to Masters champions) or missing the cut entirely.