Business, Golf and the Grass Ceiling

A golf blogger friend of mine brought this article to my attention a couple of days ago.

The topic is the role of golf in business, and how it's often underestimated. There's a brief review of "Deals on the Green", a new book by David Rynecki, and the overall premise (of the article and,it seems,the book) is that golf is an essential tool for getting ahead, and maintaining one's edge in business.

Now that's all well and good, but there's a down side too, according to this article, and it's the fact that, due to the nature and history of golf, it plays a significant role in keeping women out of America's boardrooms. In other words it's a grass ceiling, and not a glass one that women hit when they try to get to the upper echelons of US corporations.

Personally, I don't believe that the male monopolisation of corporate golf is what's keeping women from advancing up the corporate ladder. I think it has more to do with the perception that women are child bearers/rearers and the fact that many women do, in fact, opt out... as lots of men would do in a NY minute if it was socially acceptable and respected. As for me, I'm currently reading How to Play Business Golf, and learning how to make golf work for me in my business life. Granted I'm not negotiating with Warren Buffet or Bill Gates but neither are most people I know.