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Parkinson's Law or the Pursuit of Progress Paperback – 28 May 1970
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The book covers Parkinson's main law - that tasks expand to fill the time available - and also other witty and interesting theories he has created based on his experiences in the workplace.
This book really does show how shallow and unnecessary the long hours culture is!
Well written and with pearls of wisdom interwoven into every short story.
From detailing strategies for prolonging chargeable time to tactics to drive the boss "bananas", scheduling a series of conferences at distant points on the globe, each of which are sufficient to cause jet-lag and exhaustion.
He describes the way Boards work and how they will give greater credence to those technical details that they understand. As he says, a Board will approve the construction of a "nuclear power plant in 10 minutes" because they cannot debate the detail, whereas the building of a bicycle shed will go on for 4 hours with all sorts of specific input.