Monday, June 19, 2006

Educate first, then buy the tools

A lot of companies think that buying an expensive tool will increase productivity.

But to take the principle of the maxim "A bad craftsman always blames his tools", I think that you should educate your workers, spend money and time to improve the skills of your workers.

Think of it this way, it's no good buying a Stradivarius for a mediocre violinist. Only a good violinist will know how to utilize and coax the best out of it.

Therefore, improve your skills in life, become the best, the tools are secondary to the craftsman. If you are in charge or a company, make sure you budget for training. No doubt a good tool can improve productivity by a multiplicative effect but only if the workers themselves are skilled and know how to integrate it into their work.

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