The Barbers Arrived This Morning

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"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend 4 hours sharpening the axe."
-Abraham Lincoln

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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Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
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Hi Grant Schneider ,
Yes, poor performance is definitely a consequence of improper planning.

Jun 20, 2018 12:10 PM #5
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,
The tree does seem to be happy with it's new trim.  I know I am.  

Jun 20, 2018 12:11 PM #6
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Hannah Williams
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I hear ya sister carol sometimes I see the most interesting cuts around trees

Jun 20, 2018 01:19 PM #7
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Sheila Anderson
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Good evening Carol. I love watching my tree guy and his men work. It is like fine wine, full and satisfying.

Jun 20, 2018 03:02 PM #8
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Lauren Williams, CPO
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Carol Williams What a well-woven tale. Thank you!!!!

Jun 20, 2018 04:57 PM #9
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Kathy Streib
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Carol- there's been a lot of tree trimming here readying the area for hurricane season. 

When Larry had his neurosurgery last year, the surgeon said that they would take more than half the surgical time mapping out the brain and where they planned to cut. Well that works for me...measure twice, cut once! 

Jun 20, 2018 06:14 PM #10
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
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Tis the season! I happened to be watching are Public Utilities District trim the trees back from the power lines just last week and they did such a neat precise job. The county on the other hand brought a machine in and drove down the road and cut back the other side of the road with this monster which shredded and through sticks and branches all over the place. I prefer the utility districts work over the counties big Green Monster Carol...

Jun 20, 2018 08:57 PM #11
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Yep, those trees are getting a haircut.  Here in California, PG&E was just found guilty as a cause of at least one major wildfire, because overgrown trees had decided to hookup with powerlines.  It can be very dangerous to allow them to do so.

Jun 21, 2018 12:49 AM #12
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Carol.

Good point, a lot of agents just go about the day with no plan and no backup plan should things go south.  Great talking point at our next meeting

Jun 21, 2018 01:46 AM #13
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Hi sista Hannah Williams ,
It's amazing how quickly they get their work done.  My Mom's side of the family were loggers.  They didn't have today's chainsaws to make short work of it. 

Jun 21, 2018 06:39 AM #14
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheila Anderson ,
They are amazing to watch aren't they?  And, I love how they cleaned up. 

Jun 21, 2018 06:41 AM #15
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Carol Williams
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Hi Lauren Williams, CPO ,
Thanklyou for the kind words.  Have an amazing day!

Jun 21, 2018 06:41 AM #16
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Carol Williams
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Exactly, Kathy Streib ... measure twice, cut once.  I hope Larry's surgery went well. 

Jun 21, 2018 06:42 AM #17
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Carol Williams
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Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, 
Yes, they were very neat about it!  I loved that!

Jun 21, 2018 06:43 AM #18
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ,
Yes, I've been thinking for a while that needed to be done.  Glad it finally was.

Jun 21, 2018 06:44 AM #19
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Carol Williams
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Hi James Dray 
Without a plan, you're planning to fail, right? 

Jun 21, 2018 06:44 AM #20
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Lottie Kendall
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Glad the job was studied and planned, so the outcome was successful. "Measure twice, saw once" is another way of reminding us of the importance of planning.

Jun 25, 2018 02:04 AM #21
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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Proper planning can make any job more successful! We had a tree company come to remove a tree a while ago and it was definitely interesting to watch the process.

Jun 25, 2018 03:51 AM #22
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Carol Williams
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Hi Lottie Kendall ,
"Measure twice, saw once"... a fine philosophy! 

Jun 26, 2018 12:41 PM #23
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kat Palmiotti ,
It's interesting to see how a bit of careful planning can make a job so much quicker and easier... and reduce the chance for error and regret. 

Jun 26, 2018 12:42 PM #24
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