Bubba Watson

Four lessons any manager can learn from the Masters Golf Tournament – Part 4 0

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa helps Bubba Watson put on the ceremonial Green Jacket during Sunday's fourth round at the 2012 Masters Tournament

At Augusta, it is often said that the tournament is not won on Thursday (the first day), but that’s when it can be lost. Bubba Watson was on the hunt all four days and made  a solid showing on Thursday. He put himself in contention to win.

As a manager, your success is often directly related to the amount of planning you do. You can lose the sale, profit or even a  promotion by not being fully prepared. And like the Masters, you can’t win on the opening day. You must play through the different parts of the project, adjust as needed and stay focused on managing the pieces according to your plan.

On day two, Bubba was the leader.  On day three, he was not. But he was still able to win. He had left himself a chance.  By the end of regulation play on Sunday, Bubba was tied with Oosthuizen and a Sudden Death Playoff began. On the second sudden death  hole, Bubba hit his drive left in to the gallery. He hit an amazing second shot onto the green and two putted. Oosthuizen made a 5 and the tournament had a new champion.

Right up until the last stroke of the last hole, Bubba had to remain vigilant. To be a successful  manager, you must do the same. Regardless of the project, it’s all about the planning and then the execution.

Charles Degaulle  said “Victory often goes to the army that makes the fewest mistakes, not the most brilliant plans”. I think Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters Champion, would agree.

Four lessons any manager can learn from the Masters Golf Tournament – Part 2 0

Bubba Watson

Get their attention  or in golf parlance – ” Drive for Show “

-  In golf, people are drawn to the long hitters. On the PGA tour Bubba Watson has the longest carry distance, averaging 304.7 yards, his longest overall was 345.00. After two rounds at Augusta, Bubba Watson is tied for third. Not bad!  Bubba crushed his drive on 13 yesterday which  set up a great iron shot to within six feet of the hole. Then the putter yipped and he missed an eagle, settling for a birdie.

One way to be recognized as an expert  manager is to understand and solve the problems of your employees. Employees are drawn to the managers that can solve their problems. Your knowledge and expertise attract them.  This doesn’t mean giving them all the answers, it means giving them the tools they need to be successful.

Michael Quinlan, as President of McDonald’s Corporation said that “one of the most important aspects of his job – and one he spends approximately  one-third of his time – was cutting red tape.”  This clears the way for your employee to do what he or she was hired to do.

So in the end Bubba didn’t  make the putt and it cost him a stroke.  Tomorrow we will look at getting the job done; making the clutch putt.  Being recognized as an expert is only the beginning;  now you must prove it.