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A Reminder and a Warning on the Peter Principle

Have you heard of the Peter principle before? It is the idea that people keep getting promoted at work until they reach a level where they are too incompetent to excel further. In other words, they settle permanently into a job that they are not any good at doing. A post at Consultants Mind provides a reminder and a warning on this principle.

Frankly, I think the idea is a little exaggerated these days, now that hopping between different employers in order to find a better fit is becoming common. But it is still something to keep in mind as you chart your own career path. And if you happen to meet someone at work who is clearly a victim of the Peter principle—hopefully the person does not have much effect on you directly. Because there is little you will be able to do to “fix” that person.

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