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Wow. At first, I didn’t believe this but there is an actual official-looking scanned 36-page Sabotage Manual online! It closely resembles field manuals that I’d seen back at Military Channel.

  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 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.

OSS Simple Sabotage Manual OSS Simple Sabotage Manual PHILLIP MCCREVICE

Sabotage thru Obfuscation…?

Skip to page 32, Section 11: General Interference with Organisations and Production.

Like many other business professionals, I studied organizational behavior (college and B-School) this is quite damning on several levels. Should definitely be used as a teaching tool!

Thx to Jason DeFillippo…

[Reposted from 6/11/08 for your Friday Stimulation Package enjoyment.]