C Northcote Parkinson Quotes & Wallpapers

C Northcote Parkinson
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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." C Northcote Parkinson

The nice thing about standards is, there are so many to choose from. Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. 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

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. C Northcote Parkinson

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

Expansion means complexity and complexity, decay; or to put it even more plainly-the more complex, the sooner dead. C Northcote Parkinson

If there is a way to delay an important decision, the good bureaucracy, public or private, will find it. C Northcote Parkinson

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 different-colored inks. C Northcote Parkinson

It is not the business of the botanist to eradicate the weeds. Enough for him if he can tell us just how fast they grow. C Northcote Parkinson

Successful research attracts the bigger grant which makes further research impossible. C Northcote Parkinson

It is the essence of grantsmanship to persuade the Foundation executives that it was they who suggested the research project and that you were a belated convert, agreeing reluctantly to all they had proposed. C Northcote Parkinson

The man who is denied the opportunity of making decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to make. C Northcote Parkinson

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

Work either expands or contracts in order to fill the time available. C Northcote Parkinson

Parkinson's First Law: Work expands to fill the time available. C Northcote Parkinson

The printed word expands to fill the space available for it. C Northcote Parkinson

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. 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

Perfection of planning is a symptom of decay. During a period of exciting discovery or progress, there is no time to plan the perfect headquarters. C Northcote Parkinson

The basic quality for the diplomat is not intelligence but loyalty. C Northcote Parkinson

Delay is the deadliest form of denial. C Northcote Parkinson

Expenditures rise to meet income. C Northcote Parkinson

Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull. C Northcote Parkinson

Parkinson's Fourth Law: The number of people in any working group tends to increase regardless of the amount of work to be done. C Northcote Parkinson

Imagination is essential and it comes first, for without imagination we are aimless. C Northcote Parkinson

In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want. C Northcote Parkinson

Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich. C Northcote Parkinson

The mind reels at the multiplication of books intended to justify the author's promotion from assistant to associate professor. C Northcote Parkinson

Heat produced by pressure expands to fill the mind available from which it can pass only to a cooler mind. C Northcote Parkinson

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

An enterprise employing more than 1000 people becomes a self-perpetuating empire, creating so much internal work that it no longer needs any contact with the outside world. C Northcote Parkinson

When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body. C Northcote Parkinson

The onset of one religion can be resisted only by another. C Northcote Parkinson

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. C Northcote Parkinson

Administrators make work for each other so that they can multiply the number of their subordinates and enhance their prestige. 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

It is better to be a has-been than a never-was. C Northcote Parkinson

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay. C Northcote Parkinson

The smaller the function, the greater the management. C Northcote Parkinson

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

Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse. C Northcote Parkinson

It is the busiest man who has time to spare. C Northcote Parkinson

It is now well known, however, that men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married. C Northcote Parkinson

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. C Northcote Parkinson

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. C Northcote Parkinson

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

The effectiveness of a telephone conversation is in inverse proportion to the time spent on it. C Northcote Parkinson

Parkinson's Law is a purely scientific discovery, inapplicable except in theory to the politics of the day. It is not the business of the botanist to eradicate the weeds. Enough for him if he can tell us just how fast they grow. 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

Deliberative bodies become decreasingly effective after they pass five to eight members. C Northcote Parkinson

The matters most debated in a deliberative body tend to be the minor ones where everybody understands the issues. C Northcote Parkinson

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom. C Northcote Parkinson

The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take. C Northcote Parkinson



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