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Avoiding the Parkinson Laws

Posted Posted by jenny on June 26th, 2011 in Articles     Comments No comments
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C. Northgate Parkinson lived from 1909-1993, was a famous British economist and was also known for many other accomplishments. Here are three laws he identified that relate to our world today.

 

Law 1 – Work expands to meet the time envelope allowed. This law is certainly true. Usually a person’s most productive week of the year is the week right before a vacation!

Law 2 – A luxury once enjoyed becomes a necessity. Think about it. Can you imagine living without the internet or a cell phone? Well, it wasn’t that many years ago that these were non-existent or considered a luxury you would not spend money on.

Law 3 – Expenses rise to equal income. Okay, who hasn’t experienced this in their life? Many of us will have a future raise already earmarked for spending.

So you may be asking yourself, “What can be done to overcome the Parkinson Laws?” Here are a few suggestions.

Law 1 – Get in a “do it now” mindset. Eliminate procrastination in your life; it is the number one reason why people are not very productive.

Law 2 – You do not have to look very far to see that following this law is a major contributing factor to the state of our economy. Ask yourself, “Do I have to have this? Is it a want or a need?”

Law 3 – Make a commitment to start aggressively paying off a debt and increase your savings until you become your own bank. (Borrow from yourself). So any future raises already have a plan in place, not to spend it on improving your lifestyle, but rather breaking the chains of bondage.

Join me in avoiding the Parkinson Laws!

Servanthood

Posted Posted by jenny on June 20th, 2011 in Articles     Comments No comments
Jun
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“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)

 

 

Principles about Servanthood
 
1. The greater the servant you become, the more leadership you will be given.

2. Our heart and motivation should always be to serve and not to be served.

3. A servant must be committed in serving others.

4. A person with a Christ-like attitude is someone who always maintains a servant’s heart.

5. Jesus gave one major prerequisite to leadership – servanthood.

6. It is hard to be a servant when you lack humility, or a “that’s not my job” mind set.
 
 
Practical Things You can do to be a Better Servant
 
1. Answer the phone.

2. Pick up trash in and around the building.

3. Be sensitive to other people’s time.

4. Don’t do things last minute that create pressure on someone else.

5. Never belittle someone in conversation or actions.

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