The Peter Principle by Dr. Laurence J. Peter & Raymond Hull

The Peter Principle

By Dr. Laurence J. Peter & Raymond Hull

  • Release Date: 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Business & Personal Finance
Score: 4.5
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The classic #1 New York Times bestseller that answers the age-old question
Why is incompetence so maddeningly rampant and so vexingly triumphant?

The Peter Principle, the eponymous law Dr. Laurence J. Peter coined, explains that everyone in a hierarchy—from the office intern to the CEO, from the low-level civil servant to a nation’s president—will inevitably rise to his or her level of incompetence. Dr. Peter explains why incompetence is at the root of everything we endeavor to do—why schools bestow ignorance, why governments condone anarchy, why courts dispense injustice, why prosperity causes unhappiness, and why utopian plans never generate utopias.

With the wit of Mark Twain, the psychological acuity of Sigmund Freud, and the theoretical impact of Isaac Newton, Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull’s The Peter Principle brilliantly explains how incompetence and its accompanying symptoms, syndromes, and remedies define the world and the work we do in it.


  • What is your competence level?

    By Jack marino
    Interesting concepts and probably very accurate depiction of the state of competence functioning in society. Tends to repeat points frequently. Funny but very descriptive invented vocabulary. Easy read, but thought provoking.
  • Eye opening

    By Roger McRoger
    This book truly opened my eyes to the reality of working within a hierarchy. It's almost humorous how you could relate a lot of the stories to your own life. It's a great read and may even help you realize your own position in your life and career.