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Napoleon’s Corporal

Napoleon recognized how vital it was to have an enlisted soldier in the planning process. During every Battle Plans briefing Napoleon would have a Corporal shine his boots knowing that the Corporal was listening. Once the General Staff finished the brief, Napoleon would look down at the Corporal and asked if he understood the plan. If the Corporal answered, Yes Sir! The General would have his Staff execute the plan. If the Corporal answered, No Sir! The General would have the General Staff rewrite the plan.

Most executives, no matter how "open" they think the door is, are isolated from the wisdom of mid-level management and line operators.

American Incite can help business leaders bring the untapped wisdom of the Corporal into the executive suite or boardroom.

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