Here’s an interesting fact: Most major breakthroughs (scientific, business, or otherwise) are made when someone changes fields. Being somewhat unfamiliar with the way things are “supposed” to be done, they bring their existing methodology into the conversation and begin to adapt it to their new field.
Of course, their new field is inevitably adapted as well. That’s when the breakthroughs happen.
I don’t know much about Mike Whan beyond the bits and pieces now appearing on the Web. Stephanie Wei posted “A Not-So-Revealing Interview with Mike Whan,” an interesting exchange with the new guy on the block that has the most personal info I’ve read so far. (Sorry, I can’t give you a specific link for it. If it’s not on the front page when you check, search her blog for “Whan.”)
What stands out to me in this interview is how willing he is to say “I don’t know.” He says he’s looking for challenges, because he says he’s used to having them; and he seems to see challenges as the real opportunities. He seems less interested in appearing to be “the man” and more interested in just seeing what he can do. What seems to impress him the most is the passion of those involved in the LPGA.
I’ve been a big believer that they should have just left Marty Evans in charge. I like what she’s done so far. But I like the fact that Michael Whan was totally under the radar, not even being mentioned as a possibility. And I like it when I hear him say he doesn’t know everything.
Do you hear the sound of some old dry cocoons cracking open? The next year or two could be very interesting for the LPGA… and that could be a very good thing indeed.