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A Change of Strategy Sometimes isn't the Best Option

Although I cannot profess to be an avid golf fan, I was fortunate to be watching the final round of the Masters in Augusta on television last night.  I play golf occasionally, so know how difficult, lonely and merciless the game can be and found the last nine holes truly captivating.  Jordan Spieth was in a commanding lead as he finished his first nine holes and was on the home straight and looking to retain the green jacket that he won last year.  With time running out for his challengers who were at least four shots adrift all of a sudden and incredibly the situation completely changed.  On the par 3 12th hole Spieth hit the water twice and eventually scored a 7.  This proved a significant turning point as Danny Willett went from three shots behind in second place to leader within a few minutes and the momentum at that point completely shifted. All the pressure was now on Danny Willett to keep his nerve, with four holes left to play.  He did and became the first Englishman in twenty years to win the Masters and only the fourth in history.

Being a sports player, I have sympathy for Jordan Spieth, coming into those final nine holes, it was his to lose.  At twenty two he is still young and hopefully he can learn from the experience and bounce back.  Although there wasn't a great deal of time to reflect, he was interviewed shortly afterwards and put his change in fortune down to a change in strategy.  On the front nine holes, he played aggressively wanting to extend his lead, on the back nine, he decided to play more conservatively and protect the lead that he had.  Sometimes when you are winning a change in strategy is not the best option. This reminded me of a conversation with a business mentor who once told me "One of the reasons why successful businesses can and sometimes fail, is that they stop doing the things that made them successful." A case in point. 

April 2016