Bob Frisch and Cary Greene: Simple Sabotage
For over 30 years, Bob Frisch has worked with Senior Executive Teams and Boards on their most vital strategic and organizational challenges, both as a consultant and a corporate executive. Cary Greene has over 20 years’ experience working with senior executives and boards on challenging and complex strategic issues. They are co-authors with Robert Galford of the book Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Guide for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace*.
When creating a book on how to sabotage an occupying enemy’s industry, the OSS (precursor to the CIA) recommended a list of organizational sabotage techniques. Ironically, these techniques look very similar to common actions we see in our organizations today.
- Make sure a committee is appropriate for the task.
- What is the purpose of a committee?
- Who actually needs to be on a committee?
- Make sure committees are structured and have an agenda.
- Make it clear what authority the leader of the committee has.
- Is the committee being asked to make a recommendation or asked to make a decision?
- Overusing the CC function in emails creates an overwhelming and unnecessary amount of communication.
- Remember that sometimes it’s best to just pick up the phone or walk down the hall to communicate with someone.
- Use the email subject line effectively.
- Simple Sabotage Field Manual (1944)
- Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Guide for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace* by Robert Galford, Bob Frisch, and Cary Greene
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