Caddies Advise Golfers. Who Advises Top Executives?

Pro golfers employ high-paid caddies who likely know the game as well as them in terms of technical details, even if the caddie could not win a championship tournament. Sometimes golfers, like business leaders, refuse to listen and end up paying a high price.
-By Vincent Pane

Pro golfer John Rahm was leading at the Players Championship March 17, 2019, at TPC Sawgrass when he and his caddie had a discussion about a second shot on the par-5 11th hole where he encountered a fairway bunker. Caddie Adam Hayes advised Rahm to "lay up" or play conservatively. Instead, Rahm decided a lay up would create a more difficult next shot, so he went against his caddie's advice and went for the green in two. The end result: He hit the ball into the water and ended up with a bogey 6 on the par 5. From that point on, Rahm was unable to recover and seemed to let his temper affect his playing.

In the business world, top executives, especially the CEO, have to be a...

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