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The classic #1 New York Times bestseller that answers the age-old question
Why is incompetence so maddeningly rampant and so vexingly triumphant?
The Peter Principle, the eponymous law Dr. Laurence J. Peter coined, explains that everyone in a hierarchy—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. Dr. Peter 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 Mark Twain, the psychological acuity of Sigmund Freud, and the theoretical impact of Isaac Newton, Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull’s The Peter Principle brilliantly explains how incompetence and its accompanying symptoms, syndromes, and remedies define the world and the work we do in it.
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 23 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 3 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