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A simple set of "rules" that can cost you your job, your next promotion, and block you from a new career.
Would you like to know why the U.S. Congress gets nothing done? Is constantly stuck in gridlock? Has an approval rating of 17 percent? In 1944, at the height of World War II, the United States' Office of Strategic Services (OSS) - predecessor of the CIA - published The Simple Sabotage Field Manual, a classified document to help the European resistance movements destroy the Axis powers from within. Now, three business strategists argue that this little-known manual is more than a fascinating piece of history - it sheds enormous light on what's wrong with the modern workplace, and offers insight on how to stamp out the behaviors that breed dysfunction in organizations.
In Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace (recently published by HarperOne;), Robert M. Galford, Bob Frisch and Cary Greene revisit a list of OSS tactics designed to thwart the internal processes of organizations, with tips for wasting time (e.g., "Insist on doing everything through channels") and bringing efficiency to a halt (e.g., "Refer all matters to committees"). The OSS believed that these small acts of barely detectable sabotage would wear down the enemy over time and help the Allies win the war.