Simple Sabotage Book Review

Simple Sabotage: A Modern Day Field Manual for Detecting & Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace
By Robert M. Galford, Bob Frisch, & Cary Green


Simple Sabotage starts with an interesting premise: that during WWII, the CIA issued a classified document that advocated not only slashing the enemy’s tires, but also sabotage in the office. Things like referring everything through a committee could literally make a mountain out of a molehill and slow simple decisions to a crawl.

Unfortunately, this type of activity can plague businesses around the world, unintentionally. How we can counteract this type of activity and when we should counteract it is covered in this book.

This book is a good fit for larger businesses, but as a small business owner, I also enjoyed it. Understanding the root cause of things that trip up a business and knowing how to deal with it is helpful.

It is tempting to simply deal with people and situations as they come along. If we are to lead, however, we are called to anticipate and guide the group.

When we lead teams, Toastmasters clubs or otherwise, we are called to understand our teams. What makes them tick? What does each person want out of the organization? Why are people acting or reacting in a certain way?

Before I was a leader, I often would wait for others to recognize, organize, or tell me what to do. Now, Toastmasters is helping me to practice leadership skills that I see unfolding in my life every day.