I haven't played a lot of golf in my life, at least not compared to many of my friends. I have, however, played. About 10 years ago, I purchased a set of clubs that someone had returned to a local store. They were on clearance for under $100 because they did not originate at the store and they did not stock them in the store. I bought the clubs and went to the driving range. I was okay at golf. Mostly, I served as a motivator, encourager, and humorist for the people around I would play with. I wasn't trying to go pro. I simply wanted to play in scrambles with some cool people.
A few times over the years, I have grabbed a club from someone that I was playing with and tried out what "nice clubs" felt like. They felt good and I was able to hit the ball much better. I recently purchased a set of clubs from a friend of mine that used to work at a Country Club. I went to the driving range and took a great player with me. The clubs hit great, but the big difference was in the little tweaks to the way that I hit. I learned some techniques for club grip, stance, and posture. I learned about what the motion should feel like, and how to keep control of myself.
The end result was going from around 100 to 150 yards on a drive to over 250. The amazing part was that with just the right techniques, the entire world of golf has begun to change for me. The same is true of leadership. Many of us are playing with old clubs and without the right coaching and training to know how to get the most out of even those. When we begin to reshape our minds with the right information and inputs, we upgrade our thinking. When we combine great training with great coaching, we begin to upgrade our technique on top of our thinking. That is when the magic happens. That is when our drive for success really begins to take flight.
What is it that you are doing to improve your thinking and your technique? What are you doing to consistently develop the thinking and technique of your teams? If you play with old clubs (thinking) and ineffective technique (leadership tactics), you have to work more than twice as hard to get the same business results. Up your game, or achieve more of the same.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.