Lesson 2&3 of 7
RESPECT THE SILENCE
Addressing the ball is an amazing aspect of golf. When the golfer is at their ball, they are preparing to hit or putt their shot at the hole. When they approach/address the ball, it is amazing how quiet the hundreds, even thousands, of people can get. The spectators have a respect for the golfer.
In our workplace, we need to respect the style of our employees when they work, just like we respect the golfer in their workplace.
In one of my jobs, the person working on the monthly e-newsletter was always allowed to shut her door so she could block out any distractions around her. She didn’t have thousands of spectators, but she was better able to focus on the task at hand. That was her style and we accommodated as fellow employees.
Some styles need quiet, and others don’t. When you study each other’s styles and respect them, so much more can be accomplished with your team.
Have you studied you and your team and understood their styles?
CLEANLINESS IS CRITICAL
On the tee, golfers are allowed to use a tee to prop up your ball, which players pick up after they hit, so the area is clean for the next person. On the green, you fix any dents you leave in the grass from your ball landing, so it is smooth for the next person. In the sand traps, the caddy (golfer helper) meticulously rakes the sand after the shot to make sure it is also smooth for the next person. There is even a certain position for the rake outside of the sand trap. Who knew!!!
Imagine if your workplace or community was like that. Somebody would see a wrapper, pick it up, and toss it in the trash. When somebody was done with a tool, instrument, or file, it would go back to its rightful place so it could be readily found by the next person.
How about if a meeting got messy and afterwards people repaired damaged relationships?
Do we ignore relationships or focus on meaningful engagement? …to be continued…