Don’t accept common knowledge

September 4, 2011

Don't accept common knowledgeLeaders don’t accept common knowledge, they challenge their assumptions

In a PGA tournament, Tiger Woods found his ball behind a 1,600-pound boulder. Tiger asked the Rules Official Orlando Pope if a boulder is considered a “loose impediment,” which are permitted to be moved. The rule book didn’t say anything explicitly about the size of a loose impediment, so Tiger turned to the spectators behind the ropes and asked if they thought they could move the loose impediment. Eight strong men came forward and asked where he would like the boulder moved to.

With a clear shot, Tiger went for the green, made a birdie 4, but ended the tournament three shots behind Rocco Mediate.

What assumptions are getting in your way that you should be willing to question?

For the full story of Tiger vs. Boulder,

Epilogue: As for the boulder, it was removed from its original location on the left side of the 13th hole for a time after the tournament, but has since been replaced to its original spot. A plaque has been placed on it to commemorate the ruling.

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