"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend 4 hours sharpening the axe."
A few weeks ago I received a memo from the Chelan County Public Utility District that the arborists were scheduled to trim my cedar tree away from the power lines. I was happy to see this memo because the tree did need a haircut and many branches were overlapping the power lines and growing into the transformers.
They arrived this morning and I was fascinated at the skill used to weave that man bucket through the power lines to access the top of the tree. Fortunately, the arborist had a chain saw and didn't need to use an axe or manual saw like good 'ol Abe would have had to do.
It didn't take him more than 10 minutes to get the job done. What was most interesting, though, is the crew spent more time studying the tree and making a plan on how to do the job than actually doing it. Isn't this the way most things in businesses and life are? You spend time planning and the execution itself takes very little time. Isn't that what Abe Lincoln was referring to when he said he would spend most of his time sharpening the axe, preparing for the job?
Just a random thought for the day.
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