Leadership Cross-Training

Posted by Andrew Netschay, in Conditioning, Leadership, Aug 15, 2012

Working on my golf swing has taught me how to punch harder. It wasn’t supposed to work that way. Ironic, as I’ve been training in the martial arts for 28 years I expected the benefits would flow the other way. When I first picked up a set of golf clubs friends assured me I’d have no problem mastering the golf swing given my years of exploiting my hip rotation to generate power in my kicks and punches. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way. I’ve struggled for years to post a score under 100 and have only done so a few times in the recent past.

I’ve caught the golf bug this summer and am determined to make significant improvements. I’ve been working on my swing and noticed both the speed and the timing of my hip rotation is off.  As a result of focusing on my hip rotation, my boxing workouts have benefited. I was amazed (and encouraged) to generate significantly more power and snap in my punches; I felt like I was 21 again! This gift was derived from looking outside of the martial arts ‘box’.

How often do you look outside your team, company or industry for ideas or inspiration? Relentless focus to move your company forward is of course a required attribute of a successful leader but fixating on solving recurring problems with old habituated thinking will certainly not bring you new results. You may recall a famous mathematician’s immortal definition of insanity….

You are probably working on your golf game this summer as well. Have you ever noticed that when you fully rotate your hips (i.e. commit) during your golf swing, your tee shots actually land a lot further on the fairway? Can you can recall successfully completing a critical project without fully committing to it? Didn’t think so.

There are valuable business lessons and gifts waiting to be claimed outside the office. It’s up to you to step outside the daily grind and find them. Yes, this is your excuse to hit the golf course instead of the boardroom. Enjoy your summer of cross-training!

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