Parkinson’s “Office Building Law” is that the more perfect an office building is designed, the more luxurious it is, the closer it is to the disintegration.
Parkinson found that many companies with prosperous businesses and hugely influential organizations are located in inconspicuous places, living in rudimentary houses, and once moved into luxury buildings, they are on the verge of recession. For example, the buildings of political organizations such as the International League Building, the British Parliament, the Palace of Versailles, the Blenheim Palace, Buckingham Palace, the British Colonial Office Building, etc., have all experienced a significant decline in the power of the organization after the inauguration ceremony. Bring bad luck.
If Parkinson understands Chinese history, he may find more examples, such as the Afang Palace and the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Why are these buildings known for their luxury become the “mausoleums” of these organizations?
Explaining with Chinese traditional culture, there are probably two possibilities: First, abuse of the people’s power, increase the financial burden, cause dissatisfaction or resistance from all parties, and thus shake the foundation of power; second, the feng shui is not good, causing it to be unpopular.
Parkinson speculates from a scientific point of view: When an organization is thriving, it tends to be nervous and busy, and has no time or energy to design and build Qionglou Yuyu. When all its important work has been completed, it is thought to build it. When the building is commensurate with the achievement, time and energy are concentrated on the surface. When an organization’s building is designed and built to perfection, its existence begins to lose its meaning. A perfect building means a foregone conclusion, and a fortune means an end.
Culture is different, and the understanding of the law is naturally different. Although the interpretation is different, the laws are basically the same.