260: Detect and Eliminate Organizational Sabotage, with Bob Frisch and Cary Greene
Published August 29, 2016
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    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 of the book Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Guide for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace*.
    Key Points
    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.
    Committees

    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?

    Emails

    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.

    Resources Mentioned

    Simple Sabotage Field Manual (1944)
    Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Guide for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace*

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