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Business Relationships: On the Golf Course and Online

Written by: Bill Sherman on Thursday, 8 June 2006, 8:51 PM

For a long time, the classic business game of leaders and executives has been golf. The game provides a socially-acceptable framework for people to come together and talk about business and even their personal lives. It’s a less formal setting than the workplace.

I’ve never played a round of golf in my life. Maybe someday I’ll take lessons. However, I am totally plugged into the online mindset described in this article.

Computer games first hit their stride in the early 1980’s, those teens have now grown up and become leaders themselves. In the past year, I’ve connected with colleagues and even discovered prospects through online games.

Both golf and online games create a community exclusiivty and barriers to entry through cost, time investment, and skillsets Some people spend weekends practicing their putting game. Other people devote their weekends leveling their characters. In an increasingly digital and flat world, people will gather online to play and they will cut business deals there.

We’re most real (and passionate) when we’re having fun and doing things that we love. Where do you play? Would any of your colleagues or clients enjoy stepping into that world with you?

P.S. You’ll find me online on City of Heroes/City of Villains on the Virtue server.

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