The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong?

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In the essay, “The Peter Principle”, Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull argue that no matter what the job or position is, there comes a time where every job gets filled by someone who isn’t competent enough to fulfill their role completely. This article is extracted from the book called The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong. With having every right to speak about the issue, Peter and Hull specified certain examples to convey their point clearly. Laurence Peter was a Canadian educator and hierarchiologist and Raymond Hull was a Canadian playwright, television screenwriter and lecturer. Laurence Peter also published The Peter Plan and Peter’s Almanac. One of Raymond Hull’s most prominent works is Effective Public Speaking. Although it takes long for the author to state his point, I recommend this article Peter’s Principle essay by Peter and Hull to…show more content…
Peter (1969) narrated the story of a former foreman under the subtitle of Municipal Government File, Case No.17. The author thinks that when an employee rises up the hierarchy, he or she becomes incompetent and that is why when J.S. Minion moved from being a foreman to a superintendent, he became unskilled. No other reasons were mentioned for the failure of Minion. If promotion really pushes people to become failures, then why are there many successful CEOS and bosses who were able to pass through all levels of the occupational hierarchical system? Peter (1969) highlighted, “General Goodwin reached his level of incompetence at the very top of the hierarchy. So my analysis of hundreds of cases of occupational incompetence led me on to formulate The Peter Principle.” What about employees who continue to work even after the age of retirement? While the author sates that he analyzed hundred cases, it is hard to believe that a case about an employee who was successfully able to conquer all hierarchies. After all, every principle or rule has an

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