C. Northcote Parkinson's Parkinson's Law: A modern-day interpretation of a management classic

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Infinite Ideas, Jun 29, 2011 - Business & Economics - 120 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

28 Breaking Barriers Between Organisations
64
29 How To Increase Support
66
30 Better Brainstorming
68
31 Whats Wrong With Cronyism?
70
32 Reforming Reforms?
72
33 Efficiency At The NHS
74
34 Thrift
76
35 The Myth Of Talent
78

8 Work Expands
24
9 Bureaucratic Malevolence
26
10 How Schemes Grow Wrong
28
11 The Trouble With Recruitment
30
12 From Loyalty Ties To Bureaucracy
32
13 Fit For Purpose?
34
14 Lookism
36
15 Countries Are Run By The Wise?
38
16 The Endless Drive To Remove Bias
40
17 The Hidden Job Market
42
18 Psychological Tests
44
19 The Cautious Bureaucrat
46
20 Is Management Theory A Waste Of Time?
48
21 Secrets
50
22 Comitology
52
23 How To Waste Time At Meetings
54
24 The Meaning Of Fancy Offices
56
25 Megaprojects
58
26 Battle Of The Bureaucracies
60
27 Injelititis At The UN?
62
36 Lying To Get A Job
80
37 Management Voodoo
82
38 Nepotism
84
39 Skunk Works
86
40 Business Travel
88
41 When An Entire Country Cooks The Books
90
42 Transparency
92
43 Centralised Planning
94
44 The Benefits Labyrinth
96
45 It Could Happen Here
98
46 Recruitment Hell
100
47 Bad Language
102
48 Cutting Through Bureaucracy
104
49 Networking
106
50 Predicting The Future
108
51 Indifference
110
52 Retirement
112
Index
114
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Leo Gough (Oxford) is an experienced investment writer and dedicated private investor. He is the author of 16 books, including Going Offshore, 25 Investment Classics, The Finance Manual for Non-Financial Managers, Trading the World's Markets and Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings (also in the Infinite Success series). He has edited a number of financial newsletters and since the late 1990s he has spent much of his time in the Asia/Pacific region, working with banks, such as Citibank, and consultancy firms, such as AT Kearney, and publishers to produce investment books and research for this dynamically expanding area.

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