|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
Ruefully delightful ... excruciatingly applicable and fun to read (Playboy )
The Peter Principle has cosmic implications. (The New York Times )
[The Peter Principle] has struck a throbbing public nerve... a minor cultural phenomenon and its title phrase, like Parkinson s Law, is certain to enter the language. --New York Times
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.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition. See all Editorial Reviews
Despite some saying this is satire, if you've worked in the corporate world this work explains a lot!Published 22 days ago by Jason Crews
Best book almost ever...completely outside the box. Analysis of modern society not available anywhere else. They call it a comedy...not so much.... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Stuart M McAlpine
An excellent read that opens up various trains of thought in dealing with people. I read it back in the seventies and purchased the last copy for my son as he is working his way... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Chuck
Interesting read, explains a lot about how some or most managers get to a position and cannot progress further.Published 1 month ago by Jason
As great as it was in the beginning. Painfully as true today. When will we ever learn?Published 2 months ago by Tom
The book was in great condition upon receipt. My husband and I are reading it now. Wish I had read it years early. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shirley
I really love this book: very interesting to read with several real life case studies that are sometime hilarious. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adama Coulibaly