1. Parkinsons Law of Triviality – The amount of time an organization spends discussing an issue is inversely proportional to its importance.
2. Sayre’s Law– That in any dispute, the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the stakes at issue.
3. Student Syndrome – People apply themselves to a task only at the last possible moment before the deadline, that people generally underestimate how long a task will be, and generally people miss deadlines because they leave things to the last minute.
4. Hofstadter’s Law- Coined by the cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s law.”
5. Pareto Principle -The 80/20 rule applies to many situations.
6. Maes-Garreau Law – Any prediction about a favorable future technology falls just within the expected lifespan of the person making it.
7. Rogers’ Experiential Learning Theory — Rogers lists the qualities of experiential learning as personal involvement, self-initiation, learner evaluation, and pervasive effects on the learner. The theory suggests that learner motivation and the relevance of the topics are keys to successful learning.
8. Information Cascade– Wikipedia explains, “An information (or informational) cascade occurs when people observe the actions of others and then make the same choice that the others have made, independently of their own private information signals. Because it is usually sensible to do what other people are doing, the phenomenon is assumed to be the result of rational choice. Nevertheless, information cascades can sometimes lead to arbitrary or even erroneous decisions.
Have you ever considered that the first person in a meeting to share an idea, their knowledge, their opinion, or give input, may create a sequence of events that prevent the the staff from making the strongest most informed decisions possible?
Who speaks in a meeting matters. Who speaks first in a meeting might really matter.
9. Peter Principle – Which states that in any organization “people reach the level of their own incompetence”
Let’s hope this has nothing to do with you or your pastor!
What laws would you add to the list?