At the age of 40 I made a pivotal life decision. I dropped playing (and watching) flag football, softball, fishing, hunting, boating, team penning, skeet shooting, coaching youth soccer and started playing golf.
I was terrible, but I persisted. This, of course, is the key to golf, you have to suck at it before you get better. After five years of going to golf schools around the country I still wasn’t great. But I got to play a lot of nice golf courses and country clubs free of charge.
You didn’t hear me complaining. Now I play a lot more quality golf and watched all the golf tournaments I could. Then the big change in my life came about…I retired from Corporate America. Like the thousands of other junior executives let go in the world recently the questions I asked myself…Now What?
After making the post retirement ‘coffee shop network meetings’ with acquaintances to see where I would fit in the world of business my best friend and executive director of the PGA told me they have a problem he knows I can help them solve.
Seems my business experience in playing golf with clients and my many years of producing quality golf events was what they felt was needed to address the pull back of Business Golfers in the golf world. It seemed like a fit. After a year and half of studying the situation and playing hundreds of rounds of golf with friends and complete strangers I saw where the problem business people were having with golf is created and …well wrote a book about it.
One thing lead to another, and, well, here we are today. Now I write a golf blog and sit as owner and President/CEO of IBGS (Innovative Business Golf Solutions).
All of this convinces me that once you get the golf bug you have it for life. If you’re here, then I tend to think you have it also. Good. There are far worse things you could be involved with…believe me.
I have already driven down miles of the ‘information highway’ and have hit many of its potholes. Hopefully what I share here will help you avoid the scams many interneters and business people fall for in the New Wild-West called Cyberspace. My golf writing philosophy is simple:
1) If it interests me, then I figure there’s a pretty good chance it will interest you.
2), if there is a way to make money from playing golf I have found it.
If you love to play golf and need someone to provide you with reasons why you need to play golf…well I have all this covered. The only way to find out is for you to come back a few times.
I’ll be here giving you the Bottomline and the question I will always ask is…”Let me know how I can help”.
WHEN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES gather for golf in the name of business, more than a few discover that using golf as a powerful business tool becomes as challenging as mastering the game’s fundamental techniques.
Is there anyone out there who can deliver a truly operative bridge between golf and business?
Dave Bisbee thinks so. As president of eGolfGroup a Scottsdale-based golf training company he founded eight years ago, Bisbee offers applications and training to improve performance on and off the golf course. His company’s “product delivered” is to provide the missing link that positions the game as a fundamental business function. Simply put: eGolfGroup aim is to equip executives with a process to engage in golf with business objectives in mind.
Sound elementary? It’s not, really. Many years ago, Bisbee awoke to the disappointments of a young man’s overindulgences and pitiable performances as a “Monday rabbit” vying for a spot on the PGA Tour. “I came to the stark realization that my lifestyle and my ambitions were mutually exclusive,” says Bisbee, “You might say, my first entrepreneurial effort was my total reinvention of me.”
As with golf, Bisbee boiled down the hype and snake oil to systematic processes that affect change, improvement and growth in every endeavor, and made the transition from competitive golf into a fully integrated realm of golf instruction.
Bisbee’s cutting-edge skills assessments and team-building seminars in groundbreaking golf school settings is rapidly catching the attention of Fortune 500 companies nationwide.
“Our Business Golf Suite reveals how opportunities are lost or simply missed through the lack of sufficient skills to decipher personal signals that emanate from a golf experience,” says Bisbee. “Our programs illuminate the capacity for achievement. In golf, par is the standard; in business, it’s the bottom line. In both, it is necessary to get the most out of the skills you possess.”