Laws of Life, including Murphy's
Boyle's Law -- Talent in staff work or sales will recurrently and incorrectly be interpreted as managerial ability.
Comin's Law -- People will accept your idea much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
Deal's Management Law -- Bad management drives out good.
Deal's Derivative -- Workers will always expand to fill the space available to them.
Deal's Third Counsel -- The only problem in life is in the living.
Deal's Organizational Principle-- A fall guy is built into every venture. If the venture is successful, he will never know it; if it is not, he will be trotted out for the show trial.
Greener's Law -- Never argue with a man that buys ink by the barrel.
Lance's Law -- If it isn't broken, don't fix it.
McKee's Corollary -- If it is broken, but you don't need it, don't fix it.
Lindberg's "Principle of the Vital Few"-- 90% of the work is accomplished by 10% of the workforce.
Parkinson's Law -- Work will always expand to fill the time available for its completion.
Peter Principle -- In an organization an individual will rise to his level of incompetence.
Paul Principle -- Individuals in an organization who once functioned at their level of competence often become incompetent as they become uneducated for that level.
Mary Principle -- If many individuals remain too long at their level of incompetence, they will destroy the organization because their presence demonstrates to others that competence is not a prerequisite for success.
Pierson's Law -- If you're coasting, you're going down hill.
Ramson's Law -- If you save an item for X days, weeks, or years, and throw it away, you will need it within 0.1 X period of time.
Shanahan's Law -- The length of a meeting increases with the square of the number of people present.
Weller's Law -- Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.