The Peter Principle (Paperback)

Why Things Always Go Wrong

Raymond Hull, Dr Laurence J. Peter

The Peter Principle - "In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his own level of incompetence"

This is now a standard part of managerial thinking and there is no escape from promotion, whether in the City, government, the Civil Service, academia, the media. Wherever hierarchies exist leads only to failure and an eventual shunting into corporate oblivion.
This satirical classic explains why the human race is lost in a pit of economic, administrative and academic inefficiency. Most of us, whether the work experience placement or the Oxbridge fast-track career prospect, are doomed to ultimately end what seemed to be a glittering, dynamic career in humiliating mediocrity (obviously anyone reading this, and my boss, are exempt). However, a deviously cunning strategy (requiring both diligence and a talent for lies) can avert the unwanted promotion and preserve your dignity.
Laurence J. Peter spent most of his working life teaching in universities where he made a lifelong study of teacher incompetence. Raymond Hull is a playwright and poet, whose articles have appeared in 'Esquire' and 'Punch' among others.

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£9.99

ISBN: 9780285631762

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Business & Management

The Peter Principle (Paperback)

Why Things Always Go Wrong

Raymond Hull, Dr Laurence J. Peter

'The classic book which warned of the dangers of over-promotion' The Times

In a hierarchy, every employee rises to the level of their own incompetence.

This simple maxim, defined by this classic book over 40 years ago, has become a beacon of truth in the world of work. From the civil service to multinational companies to hospital management, it explains why things constantly go wrong: promotion up a hierarchy inevitably leads to over-promotion and incompetence. Through barbed anecdotes and wry humour the authors define the problem and show how anyone, whether at the top or bottom of the career ladder, can avoid its pitfalls. Or, indeed, avoid promotion entirely!

Publication date: 01/10/2020

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788166058

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Business & Management

Reviews for The Peter Principle

'The Peter Principle has cosmic implications.'

 New York Times

'The Peter Principle is as relevant now as ever.'

 Guardian

'Ruefully delightful ... excruciatingly applicable - and fun to read'

 Playboy

'Suddenly the modern world is intelligible, if no more tolerable ... This book will be read by millions wanting to diagnose what is wrong with their colleagues; and even by some wondering what is wrong with themselves.'

 Sunday Telegraph

'[The Peter Principle] has struck a throbbing public nerve... a minor cultural phenomenon and its title phrase, like Parkinson's Law, is certain to enter the language.'

 Life magazine

Raymond Hull

Raymond Hull

Raymond Hull (1919-1985) was a Canadian playwright, television screenwriter, and lecturer. He also wrote many non-fiction books, numerous magazine articles, short stories, and poetry. He is best known as the co-author of the book The Peter Principle with Laurence J. Peter. He is also known for the saying 'He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.'

He studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia at the age 30 after discovering he had an aptitude for the craft. After graduation, he eventually began writing television screenplays for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He later branched into writing for the stage and in time formed The Gastown Players.

Dr Laurence J. Peter

Dr Laurence J. Peter

Laurence Johnston Peter (September 16, 1919 – January 12, 1990) was a Canadian educator and 'hierarchiologist' best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter principle.