March 5, 2013

I Don’t Do Golf

golfI don’t do golf.

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.

“Where’s Ted?”

“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.

I’m pelotonnot against golf as a sport, but please — as many vendors/partners have found out over the years — don’t ever invite me to golf on business time.

It smacks of old school trickery, hierarchy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Invite me to a peloton where we share the load … any day.


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