Facts,Logic and Scientific Management 

“ Every hour spent cycling adds an hour to your life” department of human geography, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands ( advert in weekend papers selling bikes) So as long as you never get off your bike you will live forever- or will it just seem like that. 

As my old English language teacher use to say “just because all sheep are animals and all sheep have four legs doesn’t mean all animals have four legs”. Something to bear in mind when discussing another efficiency initiative when what we need is to be more effective. Or since I’m in the mood for school boy memories, if two people rowing at five miles an hour can complete the course in half an hour how long will it take a rowing crew of 20 people to complete the same course?

And finally if each year I reduce my budget by 3 %  how many years will it take before I 
a) need staff to work twice as hard for half the pay 
b)need to make myself redundant
c) need to outsource the service


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