In Ireland last year I had the privilege and pleasure of playing at Bantry Bay Golf Course in County Cork in the company of an accomplished golfer. I am eternally grateful that he was also a respectful and patient instructor.
I learned about belt buckles, V formations and coiling the spring – all of which markedly improved my nascent golf game. I also learned that the “Hail Mary” – though a particular favorite of mine when learning new sports – is not a strategy that transfers appropriately to golf. And neither should it apply so often to management.
We find ourselves too busy or too overwhelmed or too burnt out or too harangued to take the time necessary to quiet the course, site the goal, survey the conditions, and align our efforts before charging forward and making the play.
You may still end up throwing a Hail Mary. But it will look and land better for having taken the time to respectfully and patiently address the ball.