Did you know that there are 25 million active golfers in the United States? 90% of Fortune 500 CEOs and successful executive play golf and all US Presidents since Eisenhower have played golf too. And here’s an interesting fact, according to a study, business executives who play golf make 17% more than those who don’t. Golf is alive in the US, and it’s thriving. But what does this mean for you as a business executive? Well, it means you should take golf more seriously. We give you 9 reasons why…
- You can spend quality hours with your CEO or important clients at golf. Where else will you get this time? There is no other sport where you can have a quite talk in between shots as in golf. It’s just the best way to network and socialize with your colleagues and clients.
- Golf courses are great places to have a client meeting. This way, as you and an important client take their turns to tee, you can discuss your plan with the client and explain what your firm can do to help them with their business in a friendly and relaxed manner.
- You actually learn a lot about your colleagues or clients during golf. A game of golf is a great way to analyze and evaluate a person’s character and how they carry themselves. Do they keep their emotions under check, are they cool under pressure, and so on.
- Golf is a great way to make friends. Friendships forged on the golf course last for a lifetime. Besides, such friendships are based on a shared interest, and so remain solid. They also open up new opportunities for you in your career.
- Inviting people for a game of golf is a great way to open doors to business contacts or colleagues and build new business relationships. It helps people shed inhibitions about each other and forge new relationships in business.
- Golf is a sport that is suitable for people of all ages, backgrounds and athletic abilities. No one is too old or unfit to play golf. People have their own style of playing golf, but everybody competes in one way or another. Because of the handicap system in golf, even a 70-year old Chairman of a company can compete with a young 25-year old junior executive and have lots of fun as well. A game of golf is a great way for people at different positions to get together and enjoy themselves.
- For businesswomen, playing golf is a terrific leveler. It makes them feel as though they are a part of the club, so far only restricted to male colleagues. As Adrienne Wax, says in her book, Even Par: How Golf helps Women Gain the Upper Hand In Business, “Outside the office, you can communicate differently with your higher-level peers and get to know one another in a way that the office can’t provide. Being able to talk golf in the office gives you a chance to bond with the bigwigs. If you can talk about golf, suddenly you have reasons to talk with the CEO.”
- Golf is a great way to do networking as an successful executive. Every ambitious career achiever plays golf. Basically, every time you walk on the golf course, you will meet at least 3 or 4 attractive prospects for your business. There is no better business networking environment than at a golf course.
- A game of golf provides the perfect setting to finalize a business deal or celebrate making one after several days of intense negotiations in the boardroom. In golf, nobody is an adversary, everyone is a friend. While golfers do compete with each other, they do so in a very friendly way and are encouraging of each other.
So now you know why you need to head to the golf course as successful executive ASAP!