C. Northcote Parkinson Quotes

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Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

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

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It is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

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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
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

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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. He has been essentially defeated by his job.
— C. Northcote Parkinson

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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.

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