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Four Principles For Leadership Efficiency – Part 1

Principle One – Parkinson’s Law


“work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”

Parkinson’s Law – work expands to fill the time available for its completion – means that if you give yourself (or a direct report) a week to complete a two-hour task, then (psychologically speaking) the task will increase in complexity and become more daunting so as to fill that week. It may not even fill the extra time with more work, but with just stress and tension about having to get it done. By assigning the right amount of time to
a task, we gain back more time and the task will reduce in complexity to its natural state. If we do not define the  time for a task for ourselves or our direct reports, small tasks have the ability to needlessly steal time, energy,
and resources for days, weeks, even months.

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