Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.
“to bark up the wrong tree”: to be wrong about the reason for something or the way to get something done; auf dem Holzweg sein
Example 1: I’m afraid we’re barking up the wrong tree if our aim is to reach Millennials.
Example 2: He meant well with his comments during the meeting, but he’s barking up the wrong tree. The lack of motivation among our employees isn’t due to their compensation. We already pay employees well above market rate.