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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The Peter Principle holds that people are always promoted beyond their ability.
It established the Peter Principle (managers rise to the level of their incompetence).
Tom Peters, in The Peter Principle, suggested that people are often promoted to a position for which they are ill-equipped.
In management, this is known as the Peter Principle, a process where people ascend to their level of incompetence.
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About my refinement of the Peter Principle he was not so forthcoming.
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Harf's naive comments betray the third-rate quality of Obama's "Dumb and Dumber'' White House staff, who prove the legitimacy of the Peter Principle every day.
The Peter Principle still applies, but at least your boss' incompetence will have less of an impact on you.
The Peter Principle states, "Employees tend to rise to their level of incompetence.
Peter and writer Raymond Hull in their 1969 book, The Peter Principle , is basically the belief that in an organisation where promotion is based on achievement, success, and merit, employees will eventually be promoted to a post beyond their expertise and ability, and thus eventually rise to their level of incompetence.
In 2010, Pluchino and colleagues won an IgNobel prize for showing mathematically that organisations could avoid the spread of incompetence - or the Peter Principle - and become more efficient if they promoted people at random.