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    Default The clever, lazy, industrious, and stupid.

    I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!
    - Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord, from Truppenführung, a German WWII era field manual.

    I think this is an interesting quote and it contains truths which can be applied to areas far removed from military strategy.

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    Nothing to discuss here imo - I totally, totally see the wisdom in that statement and, were I in charge of a group of any kind, that would be basically my exact strategy.
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    I was taught this at some point in my military education. Always aspired to command, but was usually put in the position of staff officer. I bring it up from time to time in Corporate Amerika ... where the stupid and industrious often abound.

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    Clever and lazy, hell yes!
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    A wonderful statement with a wonderful sense of symmetry -- the symmetry appeals to us all. No one is left out.

    Whether the statement has any objective merit is moot. It's just the cloth, you're the tailor.
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    How does someone who is lazy have the "temperament and nerves to deal with all situations"? Unless that was tongue-in-cheek...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    How does someone who is lazy have the "temperament and nerves to deal with all situations"? Unless that was tongue-in-cheek...
    Apathy. Detachment. They're perfectly willing to be lazy. That shows that they are willing to deal with the consequences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    How does someone who is lazy have the "temperament and nerves to deal with all situations"? Unless that was tongue-in-cheek...
    They deal with all situations by doing nothing at all other than thinking about it. It makes for consistant behaviour...you can count on them to not give a damn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Costrin View Post
    Apathy. Detachment. They're perfectly willing to be lazy. That shows that they are willing to deal with the consequences.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyrielle View Post
    They deal with all situations by doing nothing at all other than thinking about it. It makes for consistant behaviour...you can count on them to not give a damn!
    Well I see where you're coming from... I suppose I just never really considered that to be actively 'dealing with it'!

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    It's a translation from German, so maybe lazy isn't the right word.

    But lazy could mean concerned with efficiency, so a clever lazy person would come up with plans to get maximum return from minimum effort. Assuming they put in effort.

    An industrious person wouldn't mind doing more work, and would be less efficient.
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