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MacPherson's Working Formula
The number of interruptions received during a work period is proportionate to the square of the number of employees occupying an office—thus, one person in an office = one interruption per hour; two in an office = four interruptions per hour; three people = nine per hour, etc.

Magary's Principle
When there is a public outcry to cut the deadwood and fat from any government bureaucracy, it is the deadwood and fat that does the cutting.

Mahon's Silicon Valley Rule.
Don't let your employees do to you what you did to your former boss.

Marcus's Law.
Never divorce the boss's daughter (or son).

Marshall's Distinction.
A government could print a good edition of Shakespeare's works, but it could not get them written.

The 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.

Masefield's R & D Rule.
The principal function of an advanced design department nowadays is to keep up with the public relations department.

Maverick's Observation
"Work is all right for killing time, son, but it's no way to make a living."

McCarthy's Adage.
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.

McGovern's Law.
The longer the title, the less important the job.

McNaughton's Rule
Any argument worth making within the bureaucracy must be capable of being expressed in a single declarative sentence that is obviously true once stated.

Melcher's Law.
In a bureaucracy every routing slip will expand until it contains the maximum number of names that can be typed in a single vertical column, namely, twenty-seven.

Miller's Law.
All costs walk on two legs.

Mills's Correlation.
If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

Moran's Theorem for the Self-Employed.
You spend the first half of your career wondering if people will buy your services and the second half won dering when they'll get around to paying for them.

Moynihan's Maxim.
Whenever any branch of the government acquires a new technique that enhances its power in relation to the other branches, that technique will soon be adopted by those other branches as well.

Murphy's Observation on Organizations and Management.
Amazing! How things so wrong can last so long.

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