C. Northcote Parkinson

(Cyril Northcote Parkinson)

C. Northcote Parkinson
C. Northcote Parkinson
  • Born: June 30, 1909
  • Died: March 9, 1993
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Historian

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Delay is the deadliest form of denial. Management & Managing Government
Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married. Families, Children & Parenting ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion Management & Managing Government
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. Nature
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
Expenditures rise to meet income.
In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.
Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich. Government
Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom. Society
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. Time
The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take.
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. Life
The smaller the function, the greater the management.
Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. Time
When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body. Power
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force