Hat Tip: Management Lessons from the Ryder Cup

Last Updated Oct 1, 2008 11:58 AM EDT

Management Lessons from the Ryder CupThe WSJ's Golf Journal isn't the usual go-to place for business insight, but a piece entitled "Team USA's Management Victory" actually has as much to offer managers as it does golf fanatics. The piece explains the 'pod' strategy of Paul Anzinger, the coach of the victorious Americans:
The most radical element of the plan was dividing the 12-man squad into three, four-man subgroups, or pods.... Pod members played all their practice rounds together and were paired only with other pod members in the competition... Each pod was assigned an assistant captain to tend to players' needs and to keep them relaxed and "on message."
The idea, apparently, came from a documentary on another successful organization faced with some seriously tough opposition: the U.S. Navy Seals. Could the idea help your company?

(Image of golf on a beautiful day by Fevi Yu, CC 2.0)

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