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Simple Sabotage

A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
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Inspired by the Simple Sabotage Field Manual released by the Office of Strategic Services in 1944 to train European resistors, this is the essential handbook to help stamp out unintentional sabotage in any working group, from major corporations to volunteer PTA committees.

In 1944, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) - the predecessor of today's CIA - issued the Simple Sabotage Field Manual that detailed sabotage techniques designed to demoralize the enemy. One section focused on eight incredibly subtle - and devastatingly destructive - tactics for sabotaging the decision-making processes of organizations. While the manual was written decades ago, these sabotage tactics thrive undetected in organizations today:

  • Insist on doing everything through channels.
  • Make speeches. Talk as frequently as possible and at great length.
  • Refer all matters to committees.
  • Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible. Haggle over precise wordings of communications.
  • Refer back to matters already decided upon and attempt to question the advisability of that decision.
  • Advocate caution and urge fellow-conferees to avoid haste that might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.
  • Be worried about the propriety of any decision.

Everyone has been faced with someone who has used these tactics, even when they have meant well. Filled with proven strategies and techniques, this brief, clever audiobook outlines the counter-sabotage measures to detect and reduce the impact of these eight classic sabotage tactics to improve productivity, spur creativity, and engender better collegial relationships.

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  • WesTex Homesteading & Outdoors
  • 2020-01-06

Not what I expected

This book has to do with sabotage at the work place but 90% is preventing sabotage in meetings and email. Along with trying to figure out if someone who follows the rules to the max is doing so because of the rules or because they are secretly sabotaging the company by not bending the rules at times. I was expecting something like Roberts previous books but with sabotage scenarios from wars, governments, huge organizations, etc, but this is more geared to the work place. I should have read the description of the book more carefully. Not worth the one credit at the moment, maybe If I run a business or become a manager it will be.

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  • 2019-12-27

slow

hard to finish, this book could be condensed to g of it's size. the information within is solid though

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  • Captain Watson
  • 2018-04-28

Good, Relevant Info- Just a bit dull

The reader made me feel like I was sitting in a high school math class. The examples given were very basic, generic, and therefore a bit dull. It’s formulaic, which is good because it’s easy to understand, but I would really prefer if the reader left something for me to imagine. Even so it’s spot-on information for anyone like me in the corporate world. Not terrible, but could be better delivery in my opinion.

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  • Lisa
  • 2017-05-14

Situations we see everyday.

Most of the info in the book were situations we see everyday and get annoyed. Now it makes sense because deep down we know it makes meetings and committee frustration. The book helps explain what is happening.
It was interesting how in one scenario a committee was formed to ensure nothing got done.

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  • DarkGojira87
  • 2016-11-23

info you won't find anywhere else

Short and simple ways to increase the productivity of your group. I can't recommended it more!

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  • Harmun Singh
  • 2016-03-28

short, simple, sweet and helpful

I see how these sorts of tactics are already being applied in different level of government.