Sunday, March 9, 2014

Is Your Organization Being Sabotaged?

An excerpt from WWII OSS manual that describes simple ways for spies to "sabotage" an organization and keep it from functioning properly. Do you have saboteurs in your midst? Read the list below and see if you see any of this going on in your organization.  If so, it may be standing in the way of your organization being the best it can be.

Organizations and Conferences:

- Insist on doing everything through "channels." Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to, expedite decisions.
 

- Make "speeches." Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your "points" by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences. Never hesitate to make a few appropriate "patriotic" comments.

- When possible, refer all matters to committees, for "further study and consideration." Attempt to make the committees as large as possible - never less than five.

- Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.

- Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.

- Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to reopen the question of the advisability of that decision.

- Advocate "caution." Be "reasonable" and urge your fellow-conferees to be "reasonable" and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.

- Be worried about the propriety of any decision


- Raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.

Managers and Supervisors:
 
- Demand written orders.
 

- Misunderstand orders. Ask endless questions or engage in long correspondence about such orders. Quibble over them when you can...
 

-Insist on perfect work in relatively unimportant products; send back for refinishing
those which have the least flaw. Approve other defective parts whose flaws are not visible to the naked eye...
 

-To lower morale and with it, production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work.

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