8 ways to sabotage an organization

June 12, 2008

Phil Wolff posted this into one of our chat rooms today – I thought it was very interesting and timely.

David Weinberger citing instructions from a 1944 manual on how to sabotage a business.

  1. Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expdite 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 considera­tion.” 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 com­munications, 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 “reason­able” 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.

Pretty smart tactic hey? Stuff of leadership.

3 Responses to “8 ways to sabotage an organization”

  1. Charlie Says:

    Any indications as to the origin of this manual?

  2. Nick O'Neill Says:

    These are some great rules Chris … I especially enjoyed number 7!


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