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A careful evaluator of people’s capabilities, General George C. Marshall chose good subordinates, let them do their job without constant interference by him, but relieved them if they could not perform well. One of his favorites, Assistant Secretary of the General Staff Major Walter Bedell Smith, came into Marshall’s office with a representative from the American Bantam Car Company whose design had been rejected by the heads of several Army departments.  Smith gave Marshall the background on the issue. “Well, what do you think of it?” Marshall asked. “I think it’s good,” Smith said. Major Smith suggested testing the vehicle and responded that he could find money in the budget for it. “Well, do it,” the Chief of Staff responded. Learn more. 15040451686_413076e825_z