Two lumberjacks of equal skill, experience, and stature work side by side, chopping down trees together every single day.

However, one lumberjack works non-stop, without taking a break, whereas the other takes an hour-long lunch break every afternoon.
Despite working for less time, both lumberjacks inevitably chop the same number of trees by the end of each working day.

Puzzled and frustrated, the lumberjack who works all day long asks the other how he manages to chop just as much as him while still taking a break.

To this, he responds:

“It’s simple. I spend that hour at home sharpening my axe.”

Breaks are vital to productivity. Work smart, not hard, take care of yourself!


– Prioritize investments in the highest-impact areas, such as leadership training

– Invest in programs that promote positive mental health and resilience

For a free consultation on the next steps to help your leaders thrive in the new environment, contact me at or click here.