Gems from the land of Organizational Behavior
April 14, 2010
brought to my attention by my wife, who got it from someone else.
The Simple Sabotage Field Manual, declassified, on interference with organizations and production.
(11) General Interference with Organisations and
(a) 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 per
sonal experiences. Never hesitate to make a few
appropriate “patriotic” comments.
- When possible, refer all matters to
committees, for “further study and considera
tion.” Attempt to make the committees as large
as possible — never less than five.
- Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently
- Haggle over precise wordings of com
munications, minutes, resolutions.
- Refer back to matters decided upon at
the last meeting and attempt to re-open the
question of the advisability of that decision.
- Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable”
and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reason
able” 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 juris
diction of the group or whether it might conflict
with the policy of some higher echelon.
and of course, 12 (i): “Cry and sob hysterically at every occasion, especially when confronted by government clerks.”