I will be the first to admit I'm not a golf fan, but many of our staff and even more of our clients play regularly, so when I stumbled across an article entitled "Life Experiences Learnt From Golf" it seemed worth a read. Here's what I learned:
Never stop learning
Golf never stops being an education, even for the McIlroys of the world.
At Overells we encourage continuous learning and development. Our cadetship program, weekly training meetings and individual professional development planning sessions are great examples.
Take calculated risks
With the target of reaching the green, if you've got 250 yards of water to clear before it then a sensible route to take would be another shot down the fairway, which will leave you a chip into the green.
Keeping your end goal in mind is important for most situations. Choosing the right path to get there is not always easy, and you need to work out the risks and benefits, but this will help ensure you are always doing something to the best of your ability and helping clients to be in the best possible position too.
Play it as it lies
You don't get to change your circumstances, so keep your head held high and make the best out of a bad situation.
Everybody has bad days, or bad moments, in their life. Choose to be positive about every situation and make the best you can out of them. If you let the bad stuff get you down it will affect your overall performance, but without those bad moments you'll never realise how great the good moments are. Without the occasional ball in the rough you may never appreciate how great a hole-in-one feels! And if you only ever get hole-in-ones then you'll probably take them for granted and never appreciate how lucky you are.
Treat people nicely (and dress appropriately)
Having the right etiquette is a must (both on the course and in the club house).
And in the office of course! Cultivating a great culture at work makes a huge difference to staff productivity.
Play by the rules
If you can't play by the rules and treat people fairly, then eventually you won't have anyone to play with.
This is relevant to friendships, colleagues, clients, everyone, and goes back to the same principle of creating a good philosophy mentioned above.
For the first time in my life I have started to see the advantage of playing golf. I'm still not sure it's for me, but these lessons are definitely valuable ones.
The original article can be found here: http://weareboutique.co.uk/my-life-experiences-from-the-game-of-golf/