“The Scramble” is a great way to for golfers of various abilities to participate in a tournament. Usually players are divided into foursomes. Each foursome competes against the other foursomes. It is a team competition.
In a scramble, each player tees off on each hole. The best of the tee shots is selected and all players in that foursome play their second shot from that spot. The best of the second shots is selected. Then all the players in that foursome play their third shot from that spot, and so on until the ball is holed.
Now here is the part that is fascinating: any foursome, comprised of 4 terrible golfers, might break the course record for low score. Let me say that again: 4 guys that when playing under conventional rules don’t expect to individually break 100 are able to score at par or below when they play as a team and choose best ball on each shot.
This is perhaps the greatest testimonial for team work ever. In basketball they say “good teams beat great players every time.”
I think it is also true in business (or any endeavor). There is almost nothing that a group of people, dedicated to the same results, can not accomplish. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill seems an insurmountable problem. Correcting the US economic ills seem unsolvable. Unemployment, health issues, reliable affordable alternative energy and on and on are all issues of today that we can’t seem to find answers. I believe we will find answers. I believe through team work at every level of our communities and neighborhoods we will win.
When we surrender to the best ball, best idea, best interest of a group we will always exceed what we can do as individuals.