Monthly Archives: October 2006

NEW! Happy Hour with Mr Business Golf

I was out recoding the second show of the Happy Hour with Mr Business Golf… GreatMartini Glass show talking with Rex Dixon on Energy Drinks and the MySpace sites that are drawing kids into them to provoke them to use these dangerous caffeine filled mega drinks.

Great show and is new to the Mr Business Golf podcast library.  Check it out

Scot Duke,  President of Innovative Business Golf Solutions, and Host of the Mr Business Golf podcast, provides over 31 years of corporate management experience to helping small businesses improve their marketing strategies. As author of: How To Play Business Golf, Mr. Duke outlines the steps to sucessfully using golf as a business tool.  To learn more about Mr. Duke, IBGS or to purchase How To Play Business Golf visit  http://www.innovativebusinessgolf.com

 

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MYSPACE: Is It Really?

There does not seem to be a day go by I am not reading somewhere on something about someone getting ripped off, sexually assaulted or murdered from someone they met on MYSPACE.COM.   

You would think that this constant report of violent behavior from social predators harbored in this site would give people a clue of what this site might be all about? 

Since I started my online experience over at MySpace a year ago, I found within two weeks that decadency was the standard over there and I left after being bombarded with stuff I and millions of other people are not interested with.  Stuff like contacts from someone who though a nude picture of themselves was a great calling card or a picture of a person having an autopsy done as a great greeting photo for their profile.

As far as it being a social group site, I would say that the word social is pretty much stretching it a little.   For in a society there has to be coherence to some cause and the cause of this site seems to be ‘what can I get away with now’…kinda the shock jock stuff that real people are really bored with.  And that folks is not social.

And as far as their claim to fame being they having millions of members…well there are many now doubting that can be proved and if there was a way to produce a log of all the members registered the questions still would remain, how many are still there and using the site?

During my short visit I did spend large amounts of hours finding out everything this site offered and who was on the site that was of interest to me and not of interest to me.  What I found was a large, into the thousands, of profiles and personal sites that had not had any content added or updated for, in most cases, two years.  Now, what does that tell me?

Well, that tells me that many people got onto the site, spent a ton of hours building their personal site in hopes of finding some existence and others of compatible interests and then just abandoned the site out of frustration, embarrassment or discuss.  And it looked in many of the sites I reviewed that thousands seemed to found out quickly that the site was full of social deviants that existence is to disrupt the norm in an effort to pursued members to match their abnormal reason for existing…somewhat the human version of SPAM.

So, why does Myspace.com still exist?  Or is a better question, Does MySpace.COM really have the number of members it reports to have?  And then out of that number how many are there for any social reason?

There just are way too many other options for people like me to not have to deal with the socially insulting and very dangerous site, Myspace.com

 

So what does this have to do with what I do?  Well, people in business come to me asking about MySpace and feel they need to be on MySpace to get to the people they are marketing their business to and I have to disagree since MySpace is not a business site or a site that legitimate business people want to be involved with.  So, I write on this for the business people who are feeling the pressure to do what they think their competitors are doing and advertise or get involved with driving traffic from within MySpace out to their very professional web-sites or brick-in-mortar stores.  It just is not going to happen and the negative image a business can get from being associated with this site may not help their business.  So, I am warning businesses and sharing my experiences in hope it helps to provide them information on what they can expect.

 

Scot Duke,  President of Innovative Business Golf Solutions, and Host of the Mr Business Golf podcast, provides over 31 years of corporate management experience to helping small businesses improve their marketing strategies. As author of: How To Play Business Golf, Mr. Duke outlines the steps to sucessfully using golf as a business tool.  To learn more about Mr. Duke, IBGS or to purchase How To Play Business Golf visit  http://www.innovativebusinessgolf.com

 

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Sleep: Business Executives Maybe Depriving You Of It.

In a Harvard Business Review article by Bronwyn Fryer,  studies show Sleep Deficit in the workplace is causing health and safety issues.

Seems businesses that are requiring their executives to work more than 60 hours a week are causing an increase in the number of exhausted executives and employees walking around ready to fall out from sleep deprivation.

I can agree since from the studies I have done with a number of people who are in this situation at work.  I find two root causes to why business owners or executives promote this behavior or, in the Harvard Business Review report shows, do not want to do anything about it.

It seems that the employees of these companies carry some of the blame for letting this problem get out of hand.  Most of the time junior executives feel that in order to get a head and make it to that illusive corner office they have to out perform everyone else.  The only way to do this is to work longer hours and product more than their peers.  These longer hours are causing more problems than it is worth and I am telling my clients that the corner office may be a reward for all of the long hours, but ask them, how many hours will you have to work to keep the corner office?

I found that most of the problem is caused by owners or senior level executives of the business not wanting to hire the needed employees to get the jobs done in a timely, effective and high quality manor.  This forces the junior executives and the entire employee base to have to double up on the lenght of the workday to get the work done.  Also long processes of unnecessary documentations of the productive produced causes additional hours to the day to just show proof of what they were producing is also causing undue psychological  damage.  

The reason for this behavior has been going on for centuries and it distills down to greed.  Keeping operations budgets lower by keeping payroll and associated employee benefit cost down keeps the senior level managers bank account loaded since whatever cuts to operations budgets that can be made usually produces their annual bonus.

So, most causes of sleep deficit or sleep deprived executives and employees could be stopped if business owners would hire enough employees to produce the needed services or products.  This one single action would not only increase productively but would also improve quality and morale which improves the return margins and profit loss ratio.

So, put the coffee cup down and do something healthy for your body and your business.

Scot Duke,  President of Innovative Business Golf Solutions, and Host of the Mr Business Golf podcast, provides over 31 years of corporate management experience to helping small businesses improve their marketing strategies.

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GolfDash.Com Interview

I want to thank  GolfDash.COM  for the Interview they did of me and posted on their blog site yesterday.  A great job and a great golf site.  Check them out, I know you will enjoy what you see.

Scot Duke,  President of Innovative Business Golf Solutions, and Host of the Mr Business Golf podcast, provides over 31 years of corporate management experience to helping small businesses improve their marketing strategies. As author of: How To Play Business Golf, Mr. Duke outlines the steps to sucessfully using golf as a business tool.  To learn more about Mr. Duke, IBGS or to purchase How To Play Business Golf visit  http://www.innovativebusinessgolf.com

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PGA Burglary Event

Play at the Chrysler Golf Tournament had to be stopped while police chase down two burglary suspects.  I am sure that caused additional excitement for the fans as well as the players in this event.  Something for a slow news week and sports week in golf.   GolfWeek Report

Scot Duke,  President of Innovative Business Golf Solutions, and Host of the Mr Business Golf podcast, provides over 31 years of corporate management experience to helping small businesses improve their marketing strategies. As author of: How To Play Business Golf, Mr. Duke outlines the steps to sucessfully using golf as a business tool.  To learn more about Mr. Duke, IBGS or to purchase How To Play Business Golf visit  http://www.innovativebusinessgolf.com

 

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Professional’s Workloads: What is causing it?

I have a number of close friends and relatives who are, in what the business community has described as, professionals. These are Attorneys, Doctors, and CPA’s and the type who usually earn a decent living, but at a tremendous personal costs.

Since I have so many professionals as friends it is really hard to write about this subject without one of them thinking it is them I am writing about. But the truth is, I am writing about the lot of them and not one individual.

These professionals seem to take time for granted. I mean it in the sense that they let other people manager their time. To clarify, most professionals have clients and the clients pay them for their services and most of the time the services they provide is not part of their mainstream line of work or what they do for a living, so the clients usually feel that since I am paying them for their services they should be at my beckon calling. Or at least that is what it seems to be.

But, it also could be that the professionals are cowing to letting the clients have their way so they can keep the business. So, if the client calls at 6PM as if it is normal working hours the professional doesn’t think anything about it since they don’t want the client to thing they are not available for whatever or whenever they are needed.

Now, I am sure he professionals are thinking that this is extending a Professional Service and if not provided it would look badly of the professional. So they stay up late reviewing stacks of documents and writing endless opinions, reading a library of medical books, so the client has what they need in the morning or things they need in the morning. And then when morning comes the client has changed his mine or the need for the information that the professional spent the entire night working on is not needed or has changed completely. Making all of that time wasted as far as anything productive on the professional’s part. Yes, they did get paid for it, but at what cost?

Briefly, the costs are to their personal life. Professionals usually have not personal life because most professionals cannot be depended on to abide by a schedule or at least to a scheduled that coincides with anyone else who is not a professional. So, outside of the professional arena, most professionals find it hard to associate or become friends with anyone who is not a professional.

The price they pay to their personal time is what I hear a lot about from professionals who want to play more golf and come to me to find out how Business Golf can help them put golf into their business where hours of shuffling papers is usually spent.

Before I could help I had to understand the problem and understand what is causing the problem. And the problem is usually communications…or the lack of, or the misunderstood from of communications. What cause the problem is usually related to not having control of the situation.

When a professional secures a contract for their services it is usually for an hourly rate with all kinds of stipulations written in on maximum time frames that stretch out over an extended period time. The one thing that is never put in or when it is the client wants it taken out, and that is the specific time of day they are available.

Most clients do not want dealing with the professionals to interfere with their work day. So the communications on the services to be delivered have to be discussed before or after their work day. And since most of the business people who are in need of a professional’s services usually are not able to manager their own time, they usually amplify the abuse of their lack of time management onto the professional they are hiring. Simply put, most business people who do not know how to use time management usually are having business or health problems that a professional needs to help them get fixed. So, if they are always running late in business, which is probably causing their business problems, they usually are holding up the professional pass their normal work hours. This makes the work the professional needs to do to get paid left to be done at absurd times of the evening.

I searched for the book I have read to provide the title and author, but I could not find it and my research on the internet did not produce the information I needed, But there is a book out that I read in my freshman year of college on how early humans created over time a normal pattern of time which equated over time to be the time best for them to work to produce their food, hunt for their food and made tools and shelters. And this time was during the daylight. Night time was where there was not light to see what needed to be done or hunt or gather crops, so that is when nature built in a natural shutdown of the human body so it could rest.

Over a long period of time science found that the normal human clock provided a human to be its most productive in the daylight hours and triggers a shutdown when the sun goes down. During this same period of time, the economy sparked a need for people who wanted to make higher monitory gain needed to provide more products and the only way to do that was to work longer hours which was past the human’s body nature clock shutdown.

The battle has been going on for centuries on people working too long hours to produce more so they can get ahead. And this also has proven that that is when most people make mistakes that cause them to get into real trouble…thus needing a professional to get them out of trouble.

But the professionals have brought most of this on themselves by allowing the clients who hire them to change their scheduled to be the clients schedule and pushing them to work beyond the natural time frame nature has built into each and everyone of, thus resulting in the professionals also making mistakes out of exhaustion.

So, what about the business golf. Most of the time I find that the problems that are causing professional to think they do not have time for business golf comes from their inability to handoff some of the most menial duties to someone or several people to do instead of them. The reason is usually based on some lack of trust or need to keep their hands on something.

In some cases they do need to keep their arms around all information, but even with that, I have found in their business processes where they could have handed off something else not so sensitive to get that out of the way so they could use the time they spent pass normal working hours working on the sensitive items back into a normal timeframe where productive is natural.

In every case, except one, I have reviewed where the professionals say they can’t get out to play golf it is because someone else did not do what they were suppose to do in the timeframe they were suppose to provide it. For example, a prosecution Attorney’s say they can’t predict when they can play golf because the judges keep moving the court docket on them. The Judge reports the docket got changed because some prosecution attorney did not get the information on the case filed in a timely manor. And that prosecution attorney could not get the information due to someone who was gathering the information could not get the information. With that person who was to gather the information they could not get it because the request came after office hours.

And this keeps going on to where the causes was from one person, who if they had managed their time and not stayed out late at a club the night before would have gotten up the next day for work in time to not have to rush to work to keep from getting fired for the tenth tardy, resulted in them running a red light to make up some travel time and hit a car injuring a person who was suing for damages.

So, as you can see in this example of how everything effects everyone, if more people would manage their time, the professionals would be able to manager their time.

Scot Duke, President of Innovative Business Golf Solutions, and Host of the Mr Business Golf podcast, provides over 31 years of corporate management experience to helping small businesses improve their marketing strategies. As author of: How To Play Business Golf, Mr. Duke outlines the steps to sucessfully using golf as a business tool. To learn more about Mr. Duke, IBGS or to purchase How To Play Business Golf visit http://www.innovativebusinessgolf.com

 

But, it is not going to happen over night so until then, professionals need to review their process and see what is causing them to waste time, pass that off to someone else to due, concentrate on the meat of the business, communicate clearly and precisely on what specifically the work day is as a whole and when work for a client will be done and then manage it strictly.

 

How would a professional use business golf if they did develop the time to play? Well, they could broaden their personal life with friends who become the nucleus of a very large network of friends who would network potential clients to these professionals.

 

There are many applications to Business Golf, and it is good for Professionals also.

 

 

 

 

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Club Corp Sale: Close to a Report on a Plan, But No Cigar

On the local Dallas Radio Station KRLD News Radio, David Johnson, in is CEO Spotlight had a Podcast interview with Club Corp CEO, John Beckert. 

Nothing new reported with the exception that the new owners, KSL Capital Partners only have 18 employees and CCA has 18,000.  Not sure that is a good sign either.   Still no word on a plan on what is, or is not going to happen with the older properties they needed to update years ago that are now going to cost hundred’s of millions to update. 

The number of questions are growing by the day…here is the talk at the clubhouse.

Will they do the right thing and reward the thousands of faithful members who have paid the bills for so many years with new modern or updated facilities?  Will they help keep golf going on into the future by providing outstanding quality golf courses for golfers to enjoy?

Guess we will keep looking and listening to see what is going to take place.  Hope that there are still members left in CCA when they finally get around in telling what is going to take place…Guess John has not heard the message that with this situation, Now News is Not Good News…

Scot Duke,  President of Innovative Business Golf Solutions, and Host of the Mr Business Golf podcast, provides over 31 years of corporate management experience to helping small businesses improve their marketing strategies. As author of: How To Play Business Golf, Mr. Duke outlines the steps to sucessfully using golf as a business tool.  To learn more about Mr. Duke, IBGS or to purchase How To Play Business Golf visit  http://www.innovativebusinessgolf.com

 

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