The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong

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HarperCollins, 14 apr. 2009 - 192 pagina's

This book caused a storm when first published in 1969, battering up the bestseller list to #1, charming readers from Topeka to Timbuktu, and finally, brilliantly, blessedly giving the world an answer to a question that nags us all: Why is incompetence so maddeningly rampant and so vexingly triumphant? The book and the phrase it defined are now considered comedic-yet-classic cornerstones of organizational thought, and in honor of the book's fortieth anniversary, Robert I. Sutton has written a foreword introducing the book to a new generation of readers.

The Peter Principle, the eponymous law Laurence Peter coined, explains that "in a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." Everyone—from the office intern to the CEO, from the low-level civil servant to a nation's president—will inevitably rise to his or her level of incompetence, if it hasn't happened already. Dr. Peter's glorious revelation explains why incompetence is at the root of everything we endeavor to do—why schools bestow ignorance, why governments condone anarchy, why courts dispense injustice, why prosperity causes unhappiness, and why utopian plans never generate utopias.

With the wit of James Thurber or Mark Twain, the psychological and anthropological acuity of Sigmund Freud or Margaret Mead, and the theoretical impact of Isaac Newton or Copernicus, Dr. Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull's brilliant book explains how incompetence and its accompanying symptoms, syndromes, and remedies define the world and the work we do in it.

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Gebruikersrecensie  - andycyca - LibraryThing

44 years after its publication, The Peter Principle still seems to apply to modern life, which is either a sign of how right Peter and Hull were back then, how little we (as a species) have learned ... Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Probably true, This little eye-opener explains a good deal about some of the people who I have encountered in my life. Sad, isn't it...oh yes! The principle involved is "Executives seem to be promoted to one step past their overall level of skill/expertise." Volledige review lezen

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Over de auteur (2009)

Laurence J. Peter was born in Canada and received an EdD from Washington State University. An experienced teacher, counselor, school psychologist, prison instructor, consultant, and university professor, he wrote articles for many journals and magazines as well as several books. He died in 1990.

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