Expenditures rise to meet income.
Category Archive: C. Northcote Parkinson
Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.
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.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.
The smaller the function, the greater the management.
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.
The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.