Clever, amusing and revealing, Parkinson's Law is as relevant now as it was on its release in 1958. Basing his observations on the premise that `work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion' Parkinson explored the realities of human behaviour within a bureaucracy. He didn't theorise, but instead wrote wittily about how people really function in organisations. In C. Northcote Parkinson's Parkinson's Law Leo Gough illustrates the continued relevance of Parkinson's insights with contemporary examples and shows how the observations can be applied to businesses of all sizes.
Modern readers of Leo Gough's interpretation of Parkinson's Law will discover:
* Why increasing their sales is not always a good thing;
* How to get meetings and committees to work the way they want them to;
* Why, like it or not, looking good can make people more successful;
* How to cope with toxic bureaucrats;
* Why most management theory is a waste of time.
This brilliant interpretation of a twentieth-century classic will help managers cut through the management speak, eradicate unnecessary tasks, learn to network properly and negotiate their way through bureaucracies with a light heart and an open mind.
Introduction 1. 'Make-work' in action 2. Full employment 3. Committees 4. Entrepreneurial values 5. Useless activity 6. Bureaucratic growth 7. The bureaucratic incentives 8. Work expands 9. Bureaucratic malevolence 10. How schemes grow wrong 11. The trouble with recruitment 12. From loyalty ties to bureaucracy 13. Fit for purpose? 14. Lookism 15. Countries are run by the wise? 16. The endless drive to remove bias 17. The hidden job market 18. Psychological tests 19. The cautious bureaucrat 20. Is management theory a waste of time? 21. Secrets 22. Comitology 23. How to waste time at meetings 24. The meaning of fancy offices 25. Megaprojects 26. Battle of the bureaucracies 27. Injelititis at the un? 28. Breaking barriers between organisations 29. How to increase support 30. Better brainstorming 31. What's wrong with cronyism? 32. Reforming reforms? 33. Efficiency at the nhs 34. Thrift 35. The myth of talent 36. Lying to get a job 37. Management voodoo 38. Nepotism 39. Skunk works 40. Business travel 41. When an entire country cooks the books 42. Transparency 43. Centralised planning 44. The benefits labyrinth 45. It could happen here 46. Recruitment hell 47. Bad language 48. Cutting through bureaucracy 49. Networking 50. Predicting the future 51. Indifference 52. Retirement Index
Series: Infinite Success
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 29th June 2011
Publisher: Infinite Ideas Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.148