C. Northcote Parkinson Quotes

C. Northcote Parkinson was a naval historian and a scholar in the field of public administration.

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“When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.”

“It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.”

“Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.”

“The mind reels at the multiplication of books intended to justify the author’s promotion from assistant to associate professor.”

“Delay is the deadliest form of denial.”

– C. Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993)

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