One of my favorite videos from Peter Kruse describes how to act to create total gridlock in an organization. I’m sad to say that I have lived through all of them, thankfully not all at once.
- Alternate Total Control with Total Freedom. Even better is to inconsistently switch between the two methods.
- Sprinkle rumors and discuss change only at the Informal Level.
- Maximize the number of new activities.
- Make it very clear that only the fittest will survive.
- Put all focus on finding the guilty one.
- Never ever challenge existing rules.
- Decisions should reach a consensus as fast as possible on the formal level, and then be extensively questioned on the informal level.
- Maximize decision-making speed and minimize implementation abilities. The rate of change on the decision-making level should always be greater than on the implementation level.