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Do You Feel Stuck With Your Skills Training Strategy?

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Frank, a woodcutter, applied for a job with a timber merchant. And he got it! The job was a really good one, so Frank was determined to do his best.  His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area to work in. The first day, Frank brought 21 trees back to the factory.

“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Keep it up!”

Very motivated by the boss’s words, Frank tried harder the next day. But he only brought back 17 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he only brought back 10 trees. He went to the boss and apologized. “I don’t understand what is going on.”

“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?”, asked the boss.

“Sharpen? I have had no time to sharpen my axe. I’ve been too busy cutting down trees.”


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About Eric Friedman


Eric Friedman is the founder and CEO of eSkill Corporation, a leading provider of online skills assessment for pre-employment selection and training. Since 2003, eSkill has tested millions of job candidates for employers worldwide such as Zappos, ADP, Coca-Cola, Randstad, and GE. With academic degrees in Psychology and Business, and experience with both mature and expansion-stage company growth, Eric has focused on how to hire and motivate team members to be the best they can be for their roles.
To learn more about Eric and eSkill, visit the company website at www.eskill.com , or contact him on LinkedIn.

3 COMMENTS Join the discussion
  • Luana December, 07, 2017

    I loved your story about Frank and his boss. So many of us forget we need to sharpen our skills, no matter what our job position. How can we evolve if we don’t pay attention to our own needs first?

  • Samy December, 07, 2017

    I hate when bosses expect workers to work smarter and achieve great results quickly and yet they haven’t invested in training. Thank you for your story. I will show it to my boss. I have more courage to ask my boss for training with this as evidence.

  • Mary S. December, 07, 2017

    Skills training helped me come a long way. I’ve never stopped learning, and I went from an employee to having my own business in just 3 years.


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