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Gammon's Theory of Bureaucratic Displacement.
In a bureaucratic system an increase in expenditure will be matched by a fall in production. Such systems will act rather like "black holes" in the economic universe, simultaneously sucking in resources and shrinking in terms of "emitted" production. Or, as restated by Milton Friedman: In a bureaucratic system, useless work drives out useful work.

Gardner's Top-Secret Discovery.
Pentagon motto: Wait, there's a harder way.

Gene's Guidance
Grovel; it works.

General Electric Razor.
The next time you're in a meeting, look around and identify the yesbut-ters, the notnowers, and the whynotters. Whynotters move companies.

Gilbert's Observation.
The surest sign of a crisis is that when you have a major problem, no one tries to tell you how to do your job.

Gleason's Advice to Public Administrators.
When leaving office, give your successor three sealed envelopes and instructions to open them in order as crises occur in the new administration. The message in the first should read "blame it on your predecessor," the second should read "announce a major reorganization," and the third should say, "write out three envelopes for your successor."

Goodhardt's Forecasting Rule
Forecasting is never difficult; if it is not easy, it is impossible.

Grabel's Temporary and Freelance Workers Dilemma.
There is always plenty of work when you can't and not enough work when you can.

Graham's Comment on Forms Design.
There is never enough space for your full address, but always too much for your name.

Gramm's Laws.
(1) It's crowded at the bottom. (2) The early worm gets the bird. (3) You're always on the wrong end of the train.

Grandpa's Rule on Making a Living
You can live comfortably by making 1 percent on your money. You buy it for one dollar and sell it for two dollars and you have made 1 percent.

Granger's Advice
Don't say you've paid your dues until you're at least forty.

Green's Dictum
The bottom line is only the tip of the iceberg.

The Gregory Productivity Axiom.
Any discussion of increasing productivity refers to that of others.

Gretzky's Truism.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

Groebe's Law.
The more complex the problem, the sooner the deadline.

Grold's Law.
If you put your head in the sand, you're going to get shot in the butt.

Gross's Laws.
(1) Good work and mediocre work pay about the same. (2) In the search for the guilty, he who gave the warnings will be remembered. (3) There is always money for the task force. (4) It is better to wear out than rust out. (5) Nothing is worse than a nervous boss, especially when you are the one who is making him nervous.

Grubnick's Process for Effecting Action via Paperwork within the Bureaucracy,
(a) Blitz it with paperwork, (b) Say as little as possible, in as many ways as possible, as verbosely as possible. (c) Always try to tell them what they want to hear. (d) And never, never, never let the facts interfere with your story.

Guinther's Law of Problem Solving.
It is better to solve problems than crises.

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