Laudun’s Rule

One of the running gags in CBS’s [NCIS series](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NCIS_(TV_series)) is the various numbered “Gibbs Rules.” — e.g. “Rule #18: It’s better to seek forgiveness than ask permission.” There are also the various rules and laws that have spun out of our technological age. I have an organizational rule that I articulated this afternoon to a graduate student. Let’s call it *Laudun’s Rule of Institutional Action*:

> The less thinking and/or work your audience has to do when presented with something that needs to get done — and the more likely that there will be a clear, defined outcome (even a trivial one) — the more they likely they will agree to it.

I have noticed this in regards especially to committees.

**UPDATE**: I think I would like to clarify the rule a bit more:

> The less thinking and/or work your audience has to do when presented with something to be done — and the more likely that there will be a clear, defined outcome (even a trivial one), and for which they may receive some credit — the more they likely they will agree to it.