Category Archives: 03: The Peter Principle

Success or Failure?

Why do some people succeed and others don’t? … That question has plagued people for eons. And plagued for me over the last 55 years. Too often the explanation has been an Either/Or one: some people work harder, others don’t. … Continue reading

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The Myth of Meritocracy?

“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.” – Anonymous One subtle thread that was present in the last post, It’s not just the 1%. The upper middle class is oppressing everyone else, … Continue reading

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If History is Useful for Anything – 2: Organizations

I lost a month. It was around here just a minute ago; at least it seemed like a minute ago. I set it down on my desk and suddenly it was buried under a pile of Life. Apparently, this is … Continue reading

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Russian Dolls, Businesses, and Games

One of the more unique souvenir items in the world is what are known as Russian nesting dolls – a doll in a doll in a doll, perhaps nested up to seven in a set.  When we travelled in Russia … Continue reading

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The Peter Principle – In Action

I came across a book review recently (nicely called Our Debt to the Plague on my iPad version of Businessweek) for a newly released book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson.  Once I … Continue reading

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The Peter Principle II

Unless you are living on a mountaintop alone, you are going to have to deal with people.  And, for the good order, you must also accept that they are going to have to deal with you. Most of the time … Continue reading

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The Peter Principle [FP]

The Peter Principle – Fundamental Principle 3 The Peter Principle: in a hierarchical organization, people will be promoted to their level of incompetence. Included (by inference or experience) in this principle are some of the following components: Earlier promotions were … Continue reading

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