The title should actually read, “How running any type of company, large or small, is like playing at the Masters.” The Masters is the ultimate show for any golf enthusiast. For a business owner, showing up for your client is the top show every time. A business owner is like being an athlete. Being one of the best in your field is the culmination of many elements.
Here are my Top 3 reasons running a women-owned Structured Data Company is like playing in the Masters
You must have a strategy. When interviewed, Tiger Woods was asked if he really thought he could win the Masters this year…Of course, Tiger said yes. He doesn’t show up unless he knows 100% that he will win. Why – he has a strategy. That strategy is all he has worked on for the last 8 months or more. Using Prieto’s 80/20 rule, success is 80% strategy and 20% talent. We all know these golfers are the best of the best. Talent is not an issue. It’s the strategy that will create the wins.
Consistency wins the game. Consistency trumps talent every time. The golfers we are watching this weekend are not unlike the technicians in the field pulling data cables in ceilings or terminating in a 48-port patch panel in the data closet. They are both talented in their skills, but the consistency of action makes them the best. Repeatably executing a perfect cable termination or chipping the ball in for a birdie day after day is what brings the best talent to the Masters. These talented individuals know that consistently perfecting their game will ultimately be the difference and earning the coveted green blazer (or the next big project.)
Build a great team around you. Everyone knows that you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Having the right teammates is essential whether you are a golfer or a business owner. As a golfer, you want the best caddy, the best instructors and personal coaches, and a community of peers that lift you up and challenge you. This is not any different for a business leader.
Who do you have in your corner lifting you up?
- Teammates that show up and deliver?
- A group of peers that are available to answer questions and offer opportunities?
- Business partners, that show up consistently and plan alongside you on the strategy for success?
These elements make companies successful and last the test of time.
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