Scot Duke’s mantra is…
“To Get Things Done… Keep It Simple”.
I have spent 42 years putting out some of the toughest business operations fires any marketing/sales group could have ever started. I have a lot to pass onto the next generation of problem solvers and my blog is where I hope to do just that.
But first here is more about why I do what I do.
No All Work
At the age of 40 I made a pivotal life decision. I dropped playing (and watching) football, softball, fishing, hunting, boating, team penning, calf roping, pool shooting, skeet shooting, coaching youth soccer and started playing GOLF. I loved them all, but Golf captured my interest like no other activity.
I was terrible at Golf when I started, but I persisted. This, of course, is the key to golf. You have to suck at it before you will get better. After five years of traveling around the country going to a number of golf schools I still wasn’t a real good golfer. But I got to play a lot of nice golf courses and private country clubs while I was at it. You’ll never hear me complaining about my Golf experiences. Now, I play a lot more quality golf and watch all the golf tournaments I can. What I did not realize I was doing at the time lead me to my Next Career.
The big change in my life came about when I retired after nearly 32 years at a Fortune 10 corporation. Like the thousands of other junior executives let go into the business world, the question I asked myself…
After making the post retirement ‘coffee shop network meetings’ I quickly found where I fit in the world of business. What I found was I was an expert in problem solving. Every business person I ran into had what they thought ‘Major Problems, but they had no Problem Solving skills. Their problems were minuscule compared to the problems I was use to solving before breakfast every morning.
I quickly found I was overly trained in problem solving. One day during one of my frequent visits my best friend and operations manager for the PGA told me they have a problem he knows I can help them solve. Seems my years of experience in playing golf with clients and my many years of producing quality golf events for corporations at high end ultra private country clubs was what the PGA felt was needed. The problem they had was in the pull back of tens of thousands of Business Golfers from playing Golf. He told me..“if you want to help Golf find out what we need to do to bring back the Business Golfers.”
The challenge was made and it seemed like a fit for what comes natural for me..problem solving. After a year and half of studying the situation and playing hundreds of rounds of golf with friends and complete strangers, I found where business people were having problems with golf and I also found the solution. Now what do I do with this wealth of information? The answer! I put all of it in a book.
The marketing of my Book, How To Play Business Golf lead me down the road to learning something I had little experience in what is now known as Online Marketing. Little did I know at the time I was at the forefront of the development of what was being referred to then as Social Media.
I learned everything that worked and the trillions of things that did not..which many business are still doing wrong today. Well..after over 15 years of staying on the leading edge of social media and seeing it change over the last three years to Social Search, here we are today.
Now I write a blog and sit as founder, owner and President/CEO of IBGS (Innovative Business Golf Solutions, LLC). I am currently principle member and Operations Director of SyncLab Media LLC., video-centric digital marketing agency in Dallas, Texas.
What is it I do?
Over the past ten years I have become a mentor, business coach and social media professional to over 500 business people. I have helped thousands of business people through the ‘thinking out’ process when it comes time to decide their business’ direction.
I have helped over 22 members of younger generation with discovering how to improve upon important things in life before they ruin it.
I blog and promote sound businesses operations practices. All this developed from my over 40 years of operations management and my 25 year love for golf.
Learned From Dealing With Change
My track since retirement convinces me once you get the golf bug you have it for life. If you are still here reading what I have to say, then I tend to think you have it also. That’s Good. There are far worse things you could be involved with…believe me. I have already driven down miles of the ‘information highway’ (the internet) and have hit every one of its potholes. Hopefully what I share here on my site will help you avoid the scams many interneters and business people fall for in the New Wild-West called the Internet or La-La-Land as it has been more fondly called. My business and golf writing philosophy is simple:
1) If it interests me, then I figure there’s a pretty good chance it will interest you. 2), if there is a way to make money from playing, talking about and writing about business and/or golf I will find it and pass it on to you.
If you love to play golf and need someone to provide you with reasons why you need to play business golf…well I have all this covered.
Of course, I am still striving to launch the business/social networking group I founded..the Business Golf Country Club. It will be a safe place to start or end your journey thru La-La-Land. So join ‘The Club’ and meet like-minded people.
I’ll be here giving you the Bottomline and wrap it up with the statement I will always ask my readers…”Let me know how I can help”. You can find me anytime on Google+ www.google.com/+ScotDuke I have a presence on but not a big fan of:
Twitter: @scotduke and Facebook: www.facebook.com/scotduke
My professional profile is of course on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/scotduke
Make sure to Check out my about.me profile!
And as I will always do at the end of every Blog I write I will say… Let Me Know How I Can Help!