Admiral Ernest King, Chief of US Naval Operations during the Second World War was a no nonsense man who got the job done. He had his eye on the end of the game and kept the US Navy focused on that goal. He was known to say, "When they get in trouble, they call in the sons of bitches."
I had lunch with an old friend today, who I worked with for many years. He said the same thing about me. I took it as a high compliment.