Summaries of the Week

Simple Sabotage

Simple Sabotage

During World War II, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) published a classified guide entitled The Simple Sabotage Field Manual. The manual contained techniques and tactics to disrupt and undermine enemy organizations without being easily detected. Instead of using brazen or aggressive actions, the field manual promoted constant but tiny snags in enemy decision-making processes, resulting in overall disruption of enemy goals. In Simple Sabotage, Robert M.

Galford, Robert M.
The Agility Shift

The Agility Shift

The fluid nature of business and workplace challenges means that success is a moving target. In The Agility Shift, Pamela Meyer describes how learning, adaptation, and innovation are key components to profitability. By intentionally developing capacity, competence, and the confidence to meet changing conditions, organizations achieve sustainability. Shifting is continuous, intentional, and based on dynamics that alter with fresh discoveries, information, or opportunities.

Meyer, Pamela
If You Really Want to Change the World

If You Really Want to Change the World

The rapid growth and progress of technology has given rise to an abundance of venture businesses, each with the desire to create distinctive and innovative products that answer large market needs. Due to the fast-paced progress of technology, entrepreneurs face more challenges in today's marketplaces than ever before. A venture plan must be executed efficiently and precisely to survive, let alone keep up with the competition.

Kressel, Henry
Pivot Points

Pivot Points

Pivot Points by Paul T. Martin is a cultural manifesto about the importance of disaster preparedness in the United States. In addition to explaining why preparedness is important, Martin also outlines plans for personal and community-wide preparedness planning. While having a large number of physical supplies is an important factor in preparing for difficult times, training, planning, and self-education are equally as important for those who wish to embrace a culture of preparedness.

Martin, Paul T.
Intelligent Disobedience

Intelligent Disobedience

Businesses, the military, schools, and other enterprises generally operate best when people follow orders. However, there are times when following an order can lead to bad consequences for the organization, its employees, and other people. In those cases, lower-ranking individuals must have the skills and ability to analyze and question orders or even disobey them.

Chaleff, Ira