[MMM] Hold That Tiger – Leadership Lessons We Can All Learn From Tiger Woods

Happy Monday,


Where were you when Tiger Woods won his first Masters?


I read a fascinating tweet from a person who shared that she remembers just graduating from college when Tiger Woods won his first Masters. Her son is now just entering into college with Tiger’s win this past weekend.


You can see all of the advertisements yet to come out…


  • For all the doubters
  • For those who thought they were too old
  • For those who’ve lost their principal cheerleaders
  • For those who said “your talent isn’t good enough anymore”
  • For those who seemed to experience only failure
  • For those who have made poor life choices.


One of our corporate partners is PGA Canada and we are proud to have worked with them on many leadership and career development projects. They have shared in the positive impact that Tiger Woods has had on the entire golf industry, namely that Tiger has done for the sport of golf what Wayne Gretzky has done for the sport of hockey.


What struck me were a few things from this incredible win by Tiger.


Values – The very first thing he did upon leaving the golf course was solidify the connection to his kids, his mother and the people who cared about him.


Resiliency – His last major win was almost 14 years ago. Since that time he has had to go through a lot of pain, both physical and emotional. There was a time a few years ago when he wondered if he would ever be able to physically handle one round of golf on his body, not to mention an entire tournament and PGA season.


Change Management – Early in his career, it was said of him that he was a man playing a game with a group of boys. His talent was just so much stronger than his peers. At his first Master’s win, at the age of 21, he was driving the ball on average 40 yards longer than his competitors. What is interesting about his latest success was his change in his game. Knowing he physically could no longer drive a ball more than his peers, he refocused his approach to his short game and instead his putting was consistently better than his peers. More importantly, he dealt with his demons and came to a more peaceful place in his life.


Joy – If you look at his face upon the win, it is a different look. In the past, his successes struck me out of a deep sense of an unhealthy drive. It was constant and punishing. He was the taskmaster of his own expectations and never-ending demands of success. This seemed different. Joy is like that, it comes from a place of security and is a reward for its own sake. The pleasure of knowing that he did his best was instead the fruit of his labour.


Tiger has gone through a lot over these past years. Some of his physical challenges were just the reality of being a professional athlete over a long period of time. Some of his challenges were from poor choices as a result of the world in which he is immersed.


You may be the same. You may have had success early in your career, then like Tiger your career has since gone sideways either through circumstances, poor choices or all of the above.


You have choices now.


Will you dig down into your values, look at your resiliency, change the way you are approaching your profession?


If you do, I cannot guaranty an outcome like the Masters. But this I do know with certainty: you will be in a much better career situation and discover a new found joy in your life that will genuinely satisfy your heart, mind and soul.


Just do it… 


Along the road with you,




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