This is a funny story which may or may not be true.

In around 1916, during the First World War, the German Army High Command was short of officers so they issued a statement to their troops.

The statement read:

The German high command has always recognised four characteristics that are inherent in our officers. They are either intelligent or stupid, energetic or idle.

It has been the policy of the high command only to promote those officers who are intelligent and energetic. This is to ensure that the correct plans are put in to effect with the requisite energy and enthusiasm.

Unfortunately, for some time, it has been necessary to promote officers who are intelligent but idle. But at least we can be reasonably confident that sensible plans will be put in to effect…when the officers eventually get round to it.

Regrettably, it is now necessary to promote to promote the third category of officer, those who are stupid and idle. But, we hope, at least, that their indolence will, to some extent, nullify the ill effects of their stupidity.

Under no circumstances that we can envisage, are the forth category of officer to be promoted as there is nothing more dangerous than somebody who is stupid and energetically puts their stupid plans in to effect.

I love this story! It reminds me of a quote by Jim Rohn, which goes something like: “Life change starts with education not motivation. If someone’s an idiot and you motivate them, you’ve got a motivated idiot!”

Danny Sroda is owner and Lead Trainer at Reach Corporate Fitness for Business.

Danny Sroda
Danny Sroda is Lead Trainer and owner at Reach Fitness For Business. He is an experienced Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with over 10 years experience working in business as an HE lecturer in management and as a freelance consultant specialising in motivation and personal development

Danny has a First Class degree in business and is a member of Mensa. He combines his academic background with his passion for fitness to create motivating and powerful corporate training programmes.

When he’s not training clients, he is usually to be found doing Crossfit, weight training or doing the occasional triathlon. He’s also passionate about parkrun. And when he’s not training he’s probably lying on the sofa watching re-runs of Blackadder, Only Fools & Horses or The League of Gentlemen.

“I created Reach Corporate Fitness because I believe that there is a direct link between business success and health and fitness success factors (motivation, discipline, goal setting, striving to be better, learning, teamwork, overcoming obstacles etc.). I truly believe that our expert knowledge of motivation, personal development and organisational behaviour, combined with our experience in the fitness industry makes us world leaders in providing Corporate Fitness programmes”.

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Danny Sroda is Lead Trainer and owner at Reach Fitness For Business. He is an experienced Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with over 10 years experience working in business as an HE lecturer in management and as a freelance consultant specialising in motivation and personal development Danny has a First Class degree in business and is a member of Mensa. He combines his academic background with his passion for fitness to create motivating and powerful corporate training programmes. When he’s not training clients, he is usually to be found doing Crossfit, weight training or doing the occasional triathlon. He’s also passionate about parkrun. And when he’s not training he’s probably lying on the sofa watching re-runs of Blackadder, Only Fools & Horses or The League of Gentlemen. “I created Reach Corporate Fitness because I believe that there is a direct link between business success and health and fitness success factors (motivation, discipline, goal setting, striving to be better, learning, teamwork, overcoming obstacles etc.). I truly believe that our expert knowledge of motivation, personal development and organisational behaviour, combined with our experience in the fitness industry makes us world leaders in providing Corporate Fitness programmes”.