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Key admonitions:

(a) Organizations and Conferences (1) Insist on doing everything through "channels." (2) Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions. . . . (3) 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. (4) Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible. (5) Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions. (6) Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision. (7) Advocate "caution." Be "reasonable" and urge your fellow-conferees to be "reasonable" and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on. (8) 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.

(b) Managers and Supervisors (1) Demand written orders. . . . (7) Insist on perfect work in relatively unimportant products; send back for refinishing those which have the least flaw. . . . . . . (10) To lower morale and with it, production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work. (11) Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done. (12) Multiply paper work in plausible ways. Start duplicate files. (13) Multiply the procedures and clearances involved in issuing instructions, pay checks, and so on. See that three people have to approve everything where one would do. (14) Apply all regulations to the last letter.

Nothing wrong here. Just a lot of lawyer-types trying to get things done in the way they know best :).

There must be some ISO standard for this stuff - that sounds so much like the British Civil Service.

Maybe we could retroactively grant the Nazis some certification.

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