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The Public Manager

Don't Sabotage Your Organization

Monday, December 24, 2012

Unintentional acts by employees can thwart productivity and damage morale. Take a page from an old espionage manual—and learn what not to do.

In 1944 the Office of Strategic Studies, a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency, published a 32-page manual entitled Simple Sabotage. The manual was intended to be covertly distributed to freedom-seeking people in corners of the world where freedom was not a welcomed concept.

It is mostly an instructional manual on how to muck up industri

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