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.

Description: http://cgsc.cdmhost.com/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/p4013coll9&CISOPTR=307&CISOBOX=1&REC=11

PDF: http://cgsc.cdmhost.com/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/p4013coll9&CISOPTR=307&filename=308.pdf#search=%221944%22

(11) General Interference with Organisations and

(a) Organizations and Conferences

  1. Insist on doing everything through
    “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken
    in order to expedite decisions.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently
    as possible.
  5. Haggle over precise wordings of com
    munications, minutes, resolutions.
  6. Refer back to matters decided upon at
    the last meeting and attempt to re-open the
    question of the advisability of that decision.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.”

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