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Avoiding the Parkinson Laws

Posted Posted by scotty on March 20th, 2015 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?”  Hear 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!

Hope Management

Posted Posted by scotty on March 15th, 2015 in Articles     Comments No comments
Mar
15

Delegation is something a leader must do to multiply and grow in ministry. There is one task a leader must never delegate, especially in the church—HOPE!

The church is in the hope business. In the world today most people are easily deflated, sensitive to defeat and criticism, and de-motivated by setbacks. They look for a leader who has optimism, who radiates a sense that together we can do what needs to be done. When people see this kind of leader, they tend to decide not to waste their energy wondering about “if” but focus their energy going after “how.”

We of all people ought to be known most for our hope; because our hope is founded on something deeper that human ability or wishful thinking. Yet, churches can become places of cynicism, resistance and pessimism. Both hope and pessimism are deeply contagious. And no one is more infectious than a leader.

Will you learn the art of hope management? Learn the activities, practices and people who build hope, as well as the activities, practices and people who drain hope. Identify people in your life who breathe energy and hope and be that kind of person to others.

You can’t delegate hope!

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