“Sharpen the axe”: the need for Continuous Learning.

When I set up the Learning & Development unit in our Firm, there were many dinosaurs who were unable to release their staff for training, because they were busy serving clients! You would be surprised to note how many of these dinosaurs are still in the Board room. But they are good at ‘lip service’ to continuous learning and would talk until the cows come home about the importance of such a ‘thing’ which they don’t understand! So this short story that I read on a blog would be interesting for those dinosaur followers, who were released and to be released from our Jurassic park… and to prevent you from creating more of these creatures! 

Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job from a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.
His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work.
The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees down.
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”
Very motivated by the boss’ words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring down 5 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he only could bring down 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing down less and less trees.

“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.
“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.
“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”

To get optimal results we need to sharpen our skills consistently. Being proficient at our job can help us achieve our targets. The good thing about this ‘Miracle of Asia’ is that it provides equal opportunities to incompetent and competent people, thereby giving the idea that even without an Axe also you can cut trees…..using your mouth 🙂 

About surenraj

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2 Responses to “Sharpen the axe”: the need for Continuous Learning.

  1. Sujan says:

    Interesting!!!! very much true!!

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