Spotting Field Sabotage in Meetings – What's the PONT


20 bookmarks. First posted by Markbraggins december 2017.


Here’s the unaltered 1944, OSS Simple Sabotage Field Manual instructions, a copy of the original is at the end of the post. “General Interference with Organisations and Production”:

Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.
Make “speeches.” Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences. Never hesitate to make a few appropriate “patriotic” comments.
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.
Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.
Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
Advocate “caution.” Be“reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reasonable” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.
Be worried about the propriety of any decision — raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.
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february 2018 by keithly
Spotting Field Sabotage in Meetings – What's the PONT
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january 2018 by jubois
A while back I went to the inaugural meeting of a 'community of practice', which had the objective of, "sharing information and improving our practice". Astonishingly they spent over an hour discussing who would be allowed to join, or in reality who to exclude from the Community of Practice.  People 'below a certain job grade', 'people…
january 2018 by NoahTheDuke
>> "Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.
Make “speeches.” Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences. Never hesitate to make a few appropriate “patriotic” comments.
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.
Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.
Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
Advocate “caution.” Be“reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reasonable” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.
Be worried about the propriety of any decision — raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon." <<

I really need to make sure I do the *opposite* of these things. Via HN.
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january 2018 by keithpeter
RT : Been thinking about why meetings and workshops fail
CIA advice in Simple Sabotage Field Manual is helping
a lot
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december 2017 by Markbraggins