In the foundation and development of a successful enterprise there must be a single-minded pursuit of financial profit.

-C Northcote Parkinson
C Northcote Parkinson

Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.

C Northcote Parkinson
The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel and misrepresentation.
C Northcote Parkinson

Expenditure rises to meet income.

C Northcote Parkinson
Delay is the deadliest form of denial. C. Northcote Parkinso
C Northcote Parkinson

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...

C Northcote Parkinson
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.
C Northcote Parkinson

It is the busiest man who has time to spare.

C Northcote Parkinson
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.
C Northcote Parkinson

The vacuum created by a failure to communicate will quickly be filled with rumor, misrepresentations, drivel, and poison.

C Northcote Parkinson
Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.