Corporate Self-Sabotage

 
 

In 1944, the CIA wrote a guide to destroying organizations.

It's called the Simple Sabotage Field Manual.

Below are a list of tips from the field manual.

I am adapting them here because I think many of these behaviors and pitfalls continue to be found in, and instituted by, companies themselves.

Managers and Supervisors

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

Employees

Work slowly. Think of ways to increase the number of movements needed to do your job: use a light hammer instead of a heavy one; try to make a small wrench do instead of a big one.

Organizations and Conferences

When possible, refer all matters to committees, for "further study and consideration." Attempt to make the committees as large and bureaucratic as possible. Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done.

Transportation

Make train travel as inconvenient as possible for enemy personnel. Issue two tickets for the same seat on a train in order to set up an "interesting" argument.

Process

Insist on doing everything through "channels." Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions. Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.

Communication

Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.

Caution

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

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