Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hagakure: Know Your People and Treat them Accordingly

Lord Katsushige always used to say there are four kinds of retainers. They are the "quick, then lagging", the "lagging, then quick," the "always quick", and the "always lagging."

The "continually quick" are men who when given orders will undertake their execution quickly and settle the matter well. . . .
The "lagging, then quick" are men who, though lacking an understanding when given orders, prepare quickly and bring the matter to a conclusion.
 . . .
The "quick, then lagging" aremen who when given orders seem to be going to settle things but in their preparation take time and procrastinate. There are many people like this.
Other than these, one could say that the rest are 'continually lagging."

--

Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo.  Trans. William Scott Wilson. Kodansha Press. p. 98.

7 comments:

Bob G. said...

Ann:
What about those who LAG, but do so AS QUICKLY as possible???
(ROFL)
Guess Katsushige didn't count on THOSE people.

I think I'm part of the "always quick" contingent...sometimes too darn quick, but thats where pacing oneself comes into play.

It's ALL a learning experience, and it IS the best teacher.

I love food for thought.

Have a great day - and stay inside OR take LOTS of H2O if you're going out...hear it's gonna be HOT out there!
(triple digits?)

Just don't spontaneously combust...leave THAT to the "Zombies"...LOL.

Ann T. said...

Bob, I got your comment! Somehow they aren't going through. I reported this to google, maybe they will Fix it Up. In the meantime, a cut and paste: And thanks for writing in!

Ann:
What about those who LAG, but do so AS QUICKLY as possible???
(ROFL)
Guess Katsushige didn't count on THOSE people.

I think I'm part of the "always quick" contingent...sometimes too darn quick, but thats where pacing oneself comes into play.

It's ALL a learning experience, and it IS the best teacher.

I love food for thought.

Have a great day - and stay inside OR take LOTS of H2O if you're going out...hear it's gonna be HOT out there!
(triple digits?)

Just don't spontaneously combust...leave THAT to the "Zombies"...LOL.

Bob G. said...

Ann:
I'm impressed, how did you edit my comment to include your comment to mine?
(Love to know).

Must be those damn ZOMBIES at work again...
(not quick, but lagging)...LOL!

:)

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
LOL, I'm a darn genius!

I just cut and paste from the letter notification into the comment box. That way I could get your comment in, even though it's lost in Blogger's Bermuda Triangle.

But it looks like I'm fixed for now! Those Blogger guys are giving us a very nice service, indeed!

Have a great day!
Ann T.

The Bug said...

I was just thinking at work that I am not consistent about how I complete my tasks. I'm either quick then lagging, or lagging then quick. I guess it depends on my enthusiasm for the project LOL.

Ann T. said...

Dear The Bug,
I used to be quick. Now I'm quick but lagging, which I am trying to fix. I think us quick but laggardly are the most maddening of all.

thanks for writing in!
Ann T., now eating Bento . . . lagging . . .

the observer said...

Ann T:
I rarely am the always lagging.

I occasionally am the lagging, then quick. (Sometimes it takes me a minute to catch on--other times,it's a slow procrastinated start...)

Some glorious times, I am quick throughout, usually when faced with a professional situation.

Most times, I have to fight procrastination and loss of attention--so I start off strong and then start to lag.

It's a character flaw I find most annoying!

Thanks for the excerpt :)
The Observer