A simple Google search for the word “par” reveals, “the number of strokes a first-class player should normally require for a particular hole or course.” For example, a par five would be completed with 5 strokes to make par on a par five hole. This definition reveals why I’m far from a “first-class” golfer.
In a tournament I watched a few moments of today, a golfer had a solid round of pars on every hole he’d played to that point in the tournament this day. The leaders had scored -13; he was sitting at -2. His well-played pars weren’t helping him move closer to the top of the leaderboard.
If a company is executing pars contrasted with its competitors in every metric, can it win in the marketplace? Or is this really mediocrity? What metrics, if executed better than par, would make a company stand out in the marketplace?
If a golfer can’t move up the leaderboard simply making pars, how can your company?
Thought for the week:
Memorial Day is the federal holiday we celebrate each year in the United States honoring those in our armed forces who gave their lives fighting for our nation. Please join me in honoring our veterans and their families who live knowing their family member gave the ultimate sacrifice.
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