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Napoleon’s hiring matrix

When asked how he assigned soldiers within his ranks, Napoleon gave the following matrix: Smart Dumb |-------------|------------| Energetic | Field | Shoot | | Commander | | |-------------|------------| Lazy | General | Foot | | | Soldier | |-------------|------------|

  • The smart and energetic I make field commanders. They know what to do and can rally the troops to do it.
  • The smart and lazy I make generals. They also know what to do, but they’re not going to waste energy doing what doesn’t need to be done.
  • The dumb and lazy I make foot soldiers.

But what about the dumb and energetic? “Those,” Napoleon replied, “I shoot.”