Intelligent and lazy

May 12, 2007

From the book Living The 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More by Richard Koch


German military chief General von Manstein said:
“There are only four types of officers.

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.”

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