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Henry Ford once enlisted an efficiency expert to examine the operation of his company. While his report was generally favorable, the man did express reservations about a particular employee.

"It's that man down the corridor," he explained. "Every time I go by his office he's just sitting there with his feet on his desk. He's wasting your money." "That man," Ford replied, "once had an idea that saved us millions of dollars. At the time, I believe his feet were planted right where they are now."

[An expert, White House counsel Edwin Meese III once remarked, "is somebody who is more than 50 miles from home, has no responsibility for implementing the advice he gives, and shows slides."]

["I believe," Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) chairman Percy Barnevik once declared, "that you can go into any traditionally centralised corporation and cut its headquarters staff by 90% in one year."]

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