USAF General White quoting General Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, former head of the German War Department "I divide my officers into four classes as follows: The clever, the industrious, the lazy, and the stupid. Each officer always possesses two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious I appoint to the general staff. The man who is clever and lazy is destined for high command because he has the nerve to deal with all situations. Use can, under certain circumstances, be made of those who are stupid and lazy. But, whoever is stupid and industrious must be got rid of at once."permalink source: quoted in Puryear, American Generalship, 268
4 Keys to Perpetuating Ministry Embrace: be a gatherer of diverse ministry--this requires the abilitity to recognize those with leadership potential Encourage: equip & build people to fulfill their destiny--this requires mentorship Endorse: influencing the body to support them--this requires giving authority Empower: creating a vehicle to accomplish ministry--this requires giving tangible resources "accountable autonomy"permalink source: Brad Riley @ RU 2001 "Perpetuating Ministry"
S. I. McMillen, in his book None of These Diseases, tells a story of a young woman who wanted to go to college, but her heart sank when she read the question on the application blank that asked, "Are you a leader?" Being both honest and conscientious, she wrote, "No," and returned the application, expecting the worst. To her surprise, she received this letter from the college: "Dear Applicant: A study of the application forms reveals that this year our college will have 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it is imperative that they have at least one follower." Citation: J. R. Love, Ruston, Louisianapermalink source: Anonymous
[David] Ogilvy placed one of those Russian dolls in front of each director's chair. "That's you," he told the directors. "Open it." So they opened he doll, and found a smaller one inside. They opened that and found another and another. Inside the smallest doll was a note from Ogilvy, which said: "If you always hire people who are smaller than you, we shall become a company of dwarfs. If, on the other hand, you always hire people who are bigger than you are, we shall become a company of giants."permalink source: Mark McCormack, What They Still Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School, 112
Recruit People Better Than You
Each of the 217 times David Ogilvy opened a new office for Ogilvy & Mather he'd leave a set of Russian nesting dolls on the desk of the incoming manager. When the manager removed the top half from the largest of these bowling pin-shaped dolls, he or she would find a slightly smaller doll inside. This would continue until the manager came to the tiniest doll and retrieved from its interior what looked to be the note from a fortune cookie: "If each of us hires people smaller than ourselves, we shall become a company of midgets. But if each of us hires people bigger than ourselves, we shall become a company of giants. â€“ David Ogilvy."permalink source: MondayMorningMemo from the Wizard of Ads for 11/5/2007