23 Hiring Shinobi In order to defend against enemy plans or shinobi, or should an emergency arise, you may think it more desirable to have a large number of people. However, you should not hire more people into your army without careful consideration.

A shinobi should have three major principles: skillful speech, boldness, and strategy.

—Yoshimori Hyakushu #38

We know many of the jobs that shinobi performed in feudal Japan, such as committing espionage and sabotage, leading raids, gathering information, carrying out assassinations, and—perhaps the most useful of all—defending against enemy shinobi. But to use shinobi for these purposes, lords and commanders first had to do the same thing that executives and managers still do today: recruit ...

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