As a rule, any meeting needs some kind of preparation. It’s not enough to read the subject or take a look at the list of assistants and just do some improvising at the meeting room. Like when you putt in the green, each meeting must be prepared with care and dedication.
1. First of all, you must feel the green: according to the Rules of Golf, the only way that the player has to feel the green is to step on it and take a look at its condition. The information gathered will be used to prepare the putt, taking in consideration if the surface is soft or hard, if there’s water on the surface or if it’s just a bit moist or even dry, if the grass has been mowed that morning or it has been a long time since the last time the lawn mower was there… A meeting should be faced the same way, if you learn to feel what to expect from a meeting and what kind of mood you will find, you will be able to prepare an adequate strategy to confront it.
2. You need to find the fall line to aim: when you putt, you need to aim somewhere. It can be the hole or an intermediate point where the ball should go in order to get to its goal. That aiming point is also vital in a meeting. You need to know your goals in order to prepare a meeting appropriately and guarantee success.
3. Finding the fall line might not be enough: in some greens, the orientation of the grass can change the ball’s trajectory, being key to the success of a putt. Senior players know that grass usually grows looking for water, and that small detail can make a difference. During a meeting, you have to pay attention to details too: the invitation itself, the people, the place… everything is useful to know more about the meeting than what the subject says.
4. Sometimes the putter is not the best choice: sometimes you might need to use a different club to avoid an unexpected obstacle, like a sidegreen or a divot. Unexpected behaviors can be useful in meetings too, like leaving formal conventions aside to help a project succeed or having a meeting in a non working environment to discuss a delicate subject where people feel more comfortable, like a bar or a park.
5. Downhill putts ar the most difficult putts: In a downhill putt, adjusting the strength needed to hit the ball is key to hole the ball, or at least to leave the ball in a good position. When something is not working in a business and you’re going downhill, you also need to adjust the strength of your critiques and avoid being too hard with does assisting to the meeting.
6. Short putts never hole the ball: when a putt doesn’t reach the hole, it becomes a lost opportunity to hole the ball. In a meeting, short putts are those ideas that are not said in public, because if you keep them to yourself they have no chance of being taken in consideration.
7. You always have to fulfill the scorecard: it’s very important to take minutes of a meeting in order to keep record of the agreements, tasks and decisions made, the same way that you always fulfill the scorecard of each player at the end of each hole. It doesn’t matter how did you get to an agreement or how did you accomplish that birdie or that bogey, it matters what the scoreboard or the recorded minute says.