It’s about as hierarchical as it comes.
In the corporate world, golf is still a major part of fiefdoms. It’s a problem. Think about it. Four individuals get to spend somewhere between four and five hours walking around a golf course whacking a ball without interacting with anyone else. Golf tournaments, requests to golf, schmoozing through golf, and golf as a form of recognition are prevalent in business. It’s not that I’m against networking – you must know me by now – but golf creates a form of elitism that exacerbates the ‘us versus them’ of an organization.
“He’s golfing with the boss.”
“Where’s the C-Suite today?”
“They’re out golfing at a tournament.”
It reminds me of a horrific quote attributed to President Lyndon B. Johnson:
“When things haven’t gone well for you, call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better, and they will appreciate the attention.”
What, you don’t think the two are related? C’mon.
It smacks of old school trickery, hierarchy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Invite me to a peloton where we share the load … any day.