Sunday, December 28, 2008

Officer Evaluations

On every voyage I am required to evaluate key personnel. The rating system uses ten or so attributes each of which are assigned a value on a scale of 1 though 4. The rated items include such things as technical competence, work ethic, appearance and so forth.

Here is another system created by Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord officers are evaluated as follows:

I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Most often two of these qualities come together. The officers who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Those who are stupid and lazy make up around 90% of every army in the world, and they can be used for routine work. 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!

Found at the site Overcoming Bias - Rationality Quotes 20 while researching Hindsight Bias


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