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For years, I have played golf with credit union CEOs and their executive teams all around the country. I’ve watched them play 18 holes, shake hands at the conclusion of the round and head home for the evening saying, “Wow, that was better than any day at the office.”

I’ve often wondered, as the credit union executives drove home, “Did they realize that the four to five hours of golf were not just a day out of the office?”

In fact, the missed birdie opportunities and golf balls that found water hazards may have been an allegory for some of the issues in their organization that hinder growth. If so, playing eighteen holes may serve as an outside the box approach to identifying some of your team’s strategic focus concerns.

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