Forget The Mayans, This Will Be A Great Year

by Dave Bisbee on March 26, 2012

phil-mickleson-tiger-woods-pebble-beach-2012Alright everyone…relax…rejoice…then re-invent yourself. Tiger is back and we can all learn a lesson from his latest comeback. In the immortal words of the business author Robert J. Kriegel… “ if it ain’t broke… break it”. That’s right Tiger has made a career, for himself and for a few golf instructors, by following that rule.

The first two swing makeovers were with Butch Harmon and then Hank Haney and took place when Tiger was already winning, even dominating the tour. So why make the changes? All of the pundits weighed in. Was it a mistake? Could he return to his winning ways? Was the new swing flatter…more upright…did the ball go farther or shorter…did it fade or did it draw? All the while Tiger continued to win.

The Latest Swing App

Now the latest edition, or as I like to call it Tiger 3.0, is out and the critics are trying to figure out what to make of it. This was a much more extensive makeover than any before. It was more than the new swing coach Sean Foley, it was a new business manager, a new caddie, not to mention a new home life. So there were sure to be lots of bugs in this new edition. We saw some promise early in the year but the system seemed to crash under the pressure of round 4. And all the pundits (Johnny Miller) were saying that the new version couldn’t stand the heat. Well it seems that Tiger 3.0 has fixed all the bugs and we are all excited to see what comes next.

The Only Constant Is Change

What’s the business lesson to learn here? Well consider this: Whether you are a business that is a market leader or you are the number 1 player in the world you have to guard against complacency. I believe that Tiger changes things up to keep himself fully engaged. A swing change reinvigorates his practice sessions…keeps his mind focused on the course…and helps keep his life in order because change requires discipline.

Great businesses are like that. They know that the moment they become complacent or satisfied with the results they are getting is the moment they begin to decline. Sure change is uncomfortable and learning new things takes time but if the objective is to strive for continuous improvement change is inevitable so embrace it.

I guess the moral to this is that you shouldn’t spend too much time being satisfied with the way things are and you shouldn’t be afraid to make changes. I know that throughout my life I have made many changes… some willingly some grudgingly. When I figured out how to change the way I looked at the process and focused on the excitement of new possibilities I became an agent of change and fully subscribe to the “if it ain’t broke.. break it” philosophy.

Oh and about the Mayan prediction for the end of days in December this year… they forgot to factor in leap years… which means their time line has already passed. So buckle up we still have a long way to go.  

Dave Bisbee

Dave Bisbee has been around the golf business for 30 years and brings to Biz Golf Guru his experience as both a business owner and golf professional. Dave will serve as the anchor for the Biz Golf Guru team of contributors by offering his unique insights of business golf as seen through the eyes of someone who has managed golf courses, golf companies and as a golf teaching professional.

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