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Einstein's Three Rules of Work.
(1) Out of clutter, find simplicity. (2) From discord make harmony. (3) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Ellenson's Law of Accountability
Accountability measures the ability to account, not the ability to do the job. Corollary 1: If one insists on accountability, that is what one will get. Corollary 2: If accountability is paramount, that is all one will get. Reductionist Law ofGottas and Shoulds: There is only one gotta and one should in life: You gotta live with the consequences of your actions, and you should remember that. Causal Loci: Blame for any given condition or occurrence will automatically shift until it settles on the least influenceable variable. (E.g., crime may be blamed on social structure, the failure of a business on national economic conditions, etc.)

Eisner's Observations.
When you come in late for work, everybody notices; when you work late, nobody notices.

Emmanuel's Law of Customer Satisfaction.
Customer satisfaction is directly proportional to employee satisfaction.

Epps's Elevator Law.
A crowded elevator smells different to a short person.

Evelyn's Determination.
Long-range planning works best in the short term.

Evelyn's Rules for Bureaucratic Survival.
(1) A bureaucrat's castle is his desk ... and parking place. Proceed cautiously when changing either. (2) On the theory that one should never take anything for granted, follow up on everything, but especially those items varying from the norm. The greater the divergence from normal routine and/or the greater the number of offices potentially involved, the better the chance a never-to-be-discovered person will file the problem away in a drawer specifically designed for items requiring a decision. (3) Never say without qualification that your activity has sufficient space, money, staff, etc. (4) Always distrust offices not under your jurisdiction that say they are there to serve you. "Support" offices in a bureaucracy tend to grow in size and make demands on you out of proportion to their service, and in the end require more effort on your part than their service is worth. Corollary: Support organizations can always prove success by showing service to someone . . . not necessarily you. (5) Incompetents often hire able assistants.

Everyman's Discovery.
The reliability of any copier is inversely proportional to the number of copies needed.

Extended Epstein-Heisenberg Principle.
In a research and development orbit, only two of the existing three parameters can be defined simultaneously. The parameters are: task, time, and resources ($): (1) If one knows what the task is, and there is a time limit allowed for the completion of the task, then one cannot guess how much it will cost. (2) If the time and resources ($) are clearly defined, then it is impossible to know what part of the R & D task will be performed. (3) If you are given a clearly defined R & D goal and a definite amount of money that has been calculated to be necessary for the completion of the task, one cannot predict if and when the goal will be reached. (4) If one is lucky enough and can accurately define all three parameters, then what one deals with is not in the realm of R & D.

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