Sharpen the Axe…and Increase Your Microsoft Dynamics GP Productivity

February 16 2010

‘If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.' - Abraham Lincoln

That's a great quote, isn't it?  Unfortunately, it's the opposite of what many people do. When they have a project to work on, most people just work on it directly with little or no preparation. However, highly productive people prepare things well in advance, allowing them to outperform those with little or no preparation. They accomplish the job in less time and with less stress. That's called working smart.

Here's a story to illustrate the point:

About Frank Hamelly

Frank Hamelly, Sr. Dynamics Consultant with I.B.I.S., Inc., in Charlotte, NC,  is a business and technology professional with over 25 years experience implementing and supporting various ERP systems and business process re-engineering initiatives across all organizational areas and across various industries, for small, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies.  He has held numerous positions in Accounting, Finance, Customer Service and Information Systems.  His application experience includes SAP R/3, Baan, Fourth Shift, Peachtree, MAS 90/200, Quickbooks and Microsoft Dynamics ERP.  His industry experience includes manufacturing, , distribution, telecom, aerospace, life sciences, utilities and media.  Frank studied Business Administration with an Accounting concentration at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and has been named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) each year since 2008.  He writes articles for Dynamics-related web sites and is a regular speaker at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence, GPUG Summit, MSDynamicsWorld's Decisions Virtual Conference, a trainer and presenter for the Great Plains Users Group (GPUG) and has been a reviewer for various books written by fellow MVPs.  Frank is author of the blog GP2themax with 5,000 visits per month.

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julialongstreet's picture

Frank, Excellent article!

VictoriaYudin's picture

Frank, This is great advice for customers and consultants! Victoria Yudin Dynamics GP MVP Flexible Solutions - home of GP Reports Blog: