Change Management Process – Alter How You Run Your Meetings

By Todd Ballowe

Change Management Process – Alter How You Run Your Meetings

Think about the last meeting your business conducted, and hold on for that question. First, read this list. It may look like an informal set of rules your organization adheres to when trying to accomplish something as a group:

  1. Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.
  2. Make “speeches.” Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of per­sonal experiences.
  3. Never hesitate to make a few appropriate “patriotic” comments.
  4. When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and considera­tion.” Attempt to make the committees as large as possible — never less than five.
  5. Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
  6. Haggle over precise wordings of com­munications, minutes, resolutions.
  7. Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
  8. Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reason­able” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.
  9. Be worried about the propriety of any decision — raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the juris­diction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.

Eerily familiar, no?

You may (or may not) be surprised to find out that these actually come from a 1944 publication titled “Simple Sabotage Field Manual” presented by the US Office of Strategic Services (a proto-CIA).

So, how well are you doing at sabotaging your business? Found via Original manual PDF link here.


One Comment

  1. Heidi Adkins
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 14:40:52

    I read a great article on Unclutterer re. business meetings:

    Also, I once heard a consultant say that she got a tip from someone who always got things dealt with in a meeting: she prepared everything ahead of time, and discussed her agenda items and got approvals, etc BEFORE the meeting, so there was nothing new to discuss during the meeting for her particular items- she already had prior discussion, approvals, next steps, etc.




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