Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Quote from Field Marshal Erich von Manstein

I was reading along in the new Air and Space Power Journal and found this gem in the replies to the editor section. (Incidentally the reader (Sui Feng) was reading the Chinese version of the journal and responding to an article about training leaders) He got it from Jim Donovan.

There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy, stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm…Second, there are the hard-working, intelligent ones. They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered. Third, there are the hard-working, stupid ones. These people are a menace and must be fired at once. They create irrelevant work for everybody. Finally, there are the intelligent, lazy ones. They are suited for the highest office.

- General Erich Von Manstein (1887-1973) on the German Officer Corps

I would tend to agree with Von Manstein. The best of all are the intelligent lazy ones. Get rid of the hard working bozos that just create more work and processes to follow.

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