Numbers 1 and 2 in the golf world, Rory McIlory and Tiger, respectively, kept their enemies close last week.
After both were eliminated in Round 1 of Match Play, they played two rounds together at Tiger's course. Tiger says they're friends, and they also fierce competitors.
But I'm sure each learned about the other and developed a comfort zone with the other. I suspect that will make each play better the next time they meet in a tournament.
Do the same with your problem client or fellow competitor-FA... play a round and talk about how you might work together better, or develop some sort of unofficial partnership.
Four to five hours together during a round will relax both of you and give you a chance to figure out how to work together more efficiently and effectively.
This weekend we may see Tiger and Rory playing together in the Honda Classic.
Thursday: Golf Channel, 3-6 p.m. ET
Friday: Golf Channel, 3-6 p.m. ET
Saturday: Golf Channel, 1-3; NBC, 3-6 p.m. ET
Sunday: Golf Channel, 1-3; NBC, 3-6 p.m. ET