the axe & nail scenario.

You would never take a sledgehammer to a tree, just like you would never take an ax to a nail. 

These tools are exceptional when they’re used for their intended purposes –– but little to no use when they’re not. 

People are the same way. 

Generally speaking, people are not unsuccessful because they aren’t capable. But rather, they’re unsuccessful because they’re being utilized in the wrong ways. 

If someone on your team is performing poorly, don’t be so quick to chalk her up as a loss. First, decide if she’s an ax you’ve been forcing to do a hammer’s job. 

Give her a tree and watch what she can do. 

By Cole Schafer. 


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