Change From Golf To Polo"
"For many years, change in business happened as
an episode; for example, you had to respond to a new
technology or regulation. It's sort of like golf; I stand
still, the ball stands still, and only the club moves. I
knock the ball somewhere, and it waits for me, so I can
contemplate the situation."
"Today, the perfect metaphor for business is
polo. Not only are the ball and you moving, but you're
sitting on top of a horse. And it's not a solo sport; you
have three teammates, and you're trying to figure out
when to pass the ball to them and when they're going to
send it to you. All this is going on while four other
players are trying to knock you off both the ball and
"Extending the metaphor further, to
coach a golfer, you just stand next to him or her and
say, "No, no widen your stance and straighten your
shoulder." But for polo players, it's too late to
show them what to do once the game starts. You have to
equip them with the competencies they need to get the job
done. Just as in business, they have to know how to work
with teammates who are not under their control, what the
overall strategy is, and how much to communicate with
each other in the midst of the sturm und drang."
- Eliot Daley, Innovation Associates
Taken from: Chief Executive
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Garfield, OH (216) 581-0100 for this week's quote.
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