Sports metaphors can be effective descriptors at work – if everyone is on the same page and understands its correct meaning. Each week we’ll take a look at a familiar sports phrase or metaphor in business, identify its origin, explain its meaning and demonstrate how to use it in business.
This is a golf term that relates the to number of shots needed to complete a hole or course. Par for the course is considered average play and the goal in golf is to finish under par. That means that a golfer shot better than average.
Business Application: In business, the phrase is often misused by non-golfers. If something is ‘par for the course’ it means the situation is what you would expect. Many times it’s used with a slightly negative connotation. It’s a different way of saying something is “status quo.”
- For example: The budget for the company retreat was cut again this year, but that’s par for the course around here.
*Take these definitions with a grain of salt. They’re based on years of being a fan and more than a decade in sports broadcasting and Jen’s status as America’s Expert Talker.