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An Act of Remarkable Grace

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Yesterday I witnessed an act of remarkable grace.

It was during a playoff hole at a PGA professional golf tournament. The two players involved were Jim Furyk and Brian Davis. Davis has never won a professional tournament in over 10 years of bein

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g on the tour, having been the bridesmaid 4 times. He got to the playoff by sinking a remarkable birdie putt on the last hole in regulation play.

On the first hole, however, his troubles began when he hit a wayward approach shot that hit the left edge of the green and trickled off the rocks bordering it and settled amid some grass, twigs and reeds. As he took his golf club back during the takeaway portion of his swing, his club gently and almost imperceptibly moved a twig of grass, which, in golf is a violation of rule 13.4, moving a loose impediment during a takeaway. No one saw the movement of the grass except Davis himself who caught it in the corner of his eye as he made his golf swing. He immediately called the rules official over, said that he thought he saw movement but was not certain and asked that it be checked on TV. Indeed there was movement, indiscernible except in slow motion replay. Upon learning of his error, Davis immediately conceded victory to Furyk. Through his own self-admission, he lost the chance for his first victory and perhaps a half a million dollars in prize money.

That kind of integrity, known throughout professional golf, but hardly known in other competitive sports where the idea is to take any edge the rules can give one, and if there is a violation that is not

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called, to thank one’s lucky stars.

That kind of integrity is not known in business either where it appears that there are rules violations way too often.

I want to see the leaders who, like Brian Davis, upon discovering a violation, call it on their own company, take it in the chin, and then having proved their meddle in a fair contest, win the hearts of employees and customers all over for their trustworthiness. Brian Davis has offered us a clue as to what leadership at its best is all about, and what it could be for those that dare to forgo short term wins for more enduring profits—profits of the wallet that match the profits of the heart.