The Peter Principle [Book Review]

Why are there so many incompetent leaders?

Find out the simple explanation from the classic bestseller

Here are some key messages from this episode:

  • Why Super Competent people get fired
  • Why the exceptions to the Peter Principle prove the rule
  • How incompetence shows up in Diversity and Inclusion

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode:

People are promoted to their highest level of competence 

“The only time people stop being promoted is when they are incompetent in their current role.”

The only real promotion is from a position of competence 

“Anyone who gets a promotion for any reason other than being competent is fake.”

Good Followers do not always become Good leaders 

“The central premise of the book is that promotion is based on past experience in an existing role”

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The Peter Principle

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