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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sabotaging Productivity—CIA Style

During the Second World War, the CIA’s predecessor had a secret handbook for those people living in Axis countries who were sympathetic to the Allies. The handbook intended to reduce productivity in enemy countries. However, perhaps you might recognize some of these practices in the modern American workplace:

  • Managers should be pleasant to inefficient workers and give them undeserved promotions.
  • Whenever possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.”
  • Have disputes over precise wordings of communications, minutes, and resolutions.
  • Make speeches and speak as frequently as possible and at great length.
  • Insist on perfect work in relatively unimportant products.

Read the full Business Insider UK story here.

Posted by Margaret Ryznar on November 10, 2015 at 11:45 AM | Permalink


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