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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Bullock

The Peter Principle

"In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence".

SUMMARY: The book is a hilarious and witty masterpiece about hierarchies and the general state of inefficiency that seems the status quo.


1. When giving or receiving a promotion, consider the skills and capacity to achieve the demands of the new role, and understand the differences between the existing role and promotion role.

2. Do not fall prey to a superficial promotion which is a change in position without a rise in reward.

3. Keep a check on levels of incompetence by questioning the value you or your employees add.

READ IF: You would like to indulge in a satirical take on the psychology of the inefficiencies of the workplace, individuals, and the world in general. Read if you are frustrated or concerned by incompetence.


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