Peter Principle

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Peter Principle

n.
The theory that employees within an organization will advance to their highest level of competence and then be promoted to and remain at a level at which they are incompetent.

[After Laurence Johnston Peter (1919-1990).]

Peter Principle

n
the Peter Principle the theory, usually taken facetiously, that all members in a hierarchy rise to their own level of incompetence
[C20: from the book The Peter Principle (1969) by Dr. Lawrence J. Peter and Raymond Hull, in which the theory was originally propounded]

Pe′ter Prin`ciple


n.
a satirical observation that in any organizational structure people tend to be promoted until they reach their level of incompetence.
[from the title of a book by Laurence J. Peter (b. 1919), Canadian educator]
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Franks (retired educator and coach) and Appenzeller (consultant in private practice), propose modifications to our education system; they want teachers to ask themselves, bluntly, why they teach, recognize that character education is important, listen but not listen to the experts, acknowledge the Peter principal in school administration, understand their paradigms, accept accountability, regulate hazing, and exercise strategies for improvement.