Summary of Simple Sabotage

A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting out Everyday Behaviors that Undermine Your Workplace

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Simple Sabotage book summary
Hidden saboteurs lurk inside your business – beware, you may be one of them.


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Management experts Robert M. Galford, Bob Frisch and Cary Greene studied a 1944 US government sabotage manual for the subtle tactics that World War II Allied saboteurs used to snarl the enemy’s businesses, government agencies and other organizations. The saboteurs’ methods were simple: They exaggerated common and seemingly innocuous business behaviors – forming committees, giving long-winded speeches, strictly adhering to the rule book – until they slowed operations, confused workers and ultimately demoralized the target organization. The authors warn that even your best employees can turn into unwitting saboteurs if they overdo such behaviors. This fun, clever read shows both how to uncover the inadvertent subversives in your midst and how to design effective countermeasures against them. getAbstract recommends its battle-tested insights to entrepreneurs, start-ups, business students and managers at any level.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How small acts of sabotage can disrupt organizations,
  • How managers can learn to recognize these acts and
  • What strategies can keep you from unwittingly committing sabotage.


Unknowing Saboteurs
Saboteurs are everywhere. They undermine every business by stirring confusion, slowing production and sapping morale. These saboteurs aren’t enemy infiltrators. They’re ordinary, well-intentioned staffers who unwittingly convert everyday activities into acts of sabotage...
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About the Authors

Robert M. Galford is the managing partner of the Center for Leading Organizations. Bob Frisch is the managing partner of Strategic Offsites Group, where Cary Greene is a partner.

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    Smita Patel 4 months ago
    Very helpful.
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    Daniel Melendrez 9 months ago
    Very good read and useful. I'll be able apply this.
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    Richard Ferrer 1 year ago
    Great read and useful knowledge for all levels of business
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    Indus Nawani 1 year ago
    Great read. Very insightful.
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    Noni Erb 1 year ago
    A differnt way to view sabotage. Helpful.
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    Pinnick Jennifer G 1 year ago
    Interesting thoughts. Very applicable to the workplace.

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