Expansion means complexity and complexity decay. C. Northcote Parkinso
Expenditures rise to meet income.
The smaller the function, the greater the management.
No king or minister could have instructed Newton to discover the law of gravity, for they did not know and could not know that there was such a law to discover. No Treasury official told Fleming to discover penicillin. Nor was Rutherford instructed to split the atom by a certain date...
The vacuum created by a failure to communicate will quickly be filled with rumor, misrepresentations, drivel, and poison.
Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.
The basic quality for the diplomat is not intelligence but loyalty.
It is not the business of the botanist to eradicate weeds. Enough for him if he can tell us just how fast they grow.
Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse. C. Northcote Parkinso
The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take. He becomes fussy about filing, keen on seeing that pencils are sharpened, eager to ensure that the windows are open (or shut) and apt to use two or three differe
A committee grows organically, flourishes and blossoms, sunlit on top and shady beneath, until it dies, scattering the seeds from which other committees will spring.
Expenditure rises to meet income.
People of great ability do not emerge, as a rule, from the happiest background. So far as my own observation goes, I would conclude that ability, although hereditary, is improved by an early measure of adversity and improved again by a later measure of success.
Expenditures rise to meet income. C. Northcote Parkinso
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. C. Northcote Parkinso
Deliberative bodies become decreasingly effective after they pass five to eight members.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. C. Northcote Parkinso
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel and misrepresentation.
If there is a way to delay an important decision, the good bureaucracy, public or private, will find it.
Imagination is essential and it comes first, for without imagination we are aimless.
It is now well known, however, that men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. General recognition of this fact is shown in the proverbial phrase "It is the busiest man who has time to spare."
The Law of Triviality... briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.
The man whose life is devoted to paperwork has lost the initiative. He is dealing with things that are brought to his notice, having ceased to notice anything for himself.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.