7 more ways that saboteurs attempt to destroy workplace productivity

Last week I wrote about the myriad of ways that productivity is destroyed at the workplace - both intentionally via an OSS manual from World War II as well as my own observations.

Reader Anne McGrath - who used to consult with non profit groups and now does organizational assessments, offered these additions to the list that I thought were well worth sharing. 

  • Assume no one has ever attempted to do what you’re trying to do, and start from scratch.
  • Hide mistakes along the way and don’t bother collecting or sharing ideas for your best-practices or lessons-learned folder.  
  • Spend no time identifying & recruiting effective partners or participants for your project, just invite anyone and everyone, regardless of what they’d bring to the table.
  • Have murky or never discussed vision, goals, purpose and values. Assume everyone has the same identical end goal in mind.
  • Don’t evaluate leadership capacity. Just use the leader you’ve always used for every project.
  • Don’t engage the people you are trying to help.  For example, If in a school, leave students out of the equation re: all decisions that will directly impact their lives.  
  • End meetings with no clear action plan for things to accomplish and bring back for next meeting. This helps create meetings that go on forever with nothing changing.