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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.
I enjoyed reading the book and was surprised with its humor and simplicity, yet the wisdom contained is lots.
Hierarchies necssarily breed incompetence, frustration, failure, and doom ... unless coping methods are discovered to deal with these inevitable results.
If you want a good laugh that will remind you of the sad truths of the world and why things go wrong, read this book.
Painfully true as well as outrageously funny. I first read this book in the summer of 1970. Now retired for four years I can look back and see the genius of making simple... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Mark's Kindle
Highly recommended for anyone who wonders why organizations work the way they do.Published 1 month ago by R.A. Mathis
This is both a simply written but fun book. However, it presents a logical view about a real problem. It's a great read.Published 1 month ago by Donna
If you work in a hierarchical organization (and most of us do at one point or another), this book will become your key to sanity. Dr. Laurence J. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas G. Wells
I thought the topic sounded fun and interesting, but it appears that Peter was not writing a thesis based on research and evidence, but his personal opinion. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shawn T Spainhour
The whole 2 to 3 hours I was reading this book I was either laughing or groaning at the painful realities that it represents. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marsha Bewersdorf