Laurence J. Peter
Laurence J. Peter (September 16, 1919 – December 1, 1990) was an American educator and management theorist, best known for having formulated the Peter Principle.
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- In every organization there is a considerable accumulation of dead wood in the executive level.
The Peter Principle (1969)
- Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull (1969) The Peter Principle
- Occupational incompetence is everywhere. Have you noticed it? Probably we all have noticed it.
- In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
- In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties. Do not be fooled by apparent exceptions.
- p. 36 cited in: James Ike Schaap (2011)
- Some Blockett-type employees actually believe that they have received a genuine promotion; others recognize the truth. But the main function of a pseudo-promotion is to deceive people outside the hierarchy. When this is achieved, the maneuver is counted a success.
- p. 38: This phenomenon is called by Peter "percussive sublimation", or "being kicked upstairs".
- Never stand when you can sit; never walk when you can ride; never Push when you can Pull.
- Incompetence plus incempetence equals incompetence
- p. 107 (The Mathematics of Incompetence)
Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time (1977)
- Laurence J. Peter (1977) Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time ISBN 0-688-03217-6
- The only valid rule about the proper length of a statement is that it achieve its purpose effectively.
- On second thought, maybe the atheist cannot find God, for the same reason a thief cannot find a policeman.
- p. 44: Sometimes misattributed to Francis Thompson, whose quote "An atheist is a man who believes himself an accident" Peter was commenting on.
- Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
- If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
- The habitually punctual make all their mistakes right on time.
- Television has changed the American child from an irresistible force into an immovable object.
- When you see yourself quoted in print and you're sorry you said it, it suddenly becomes a misquotation.
Peter's Almanac (1982)
- Laurence J. Peter (1977) Peter's Almanac ISBN 9780688016128
- Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.
- Entry for September 24; as quoted in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1993), ed. Suzy Platt, Library of Congress, ISBN 0880297689, p. 78
About Laurence J. Peter
- Dr. Peter effectively destroys examples of seeming exceptions and is rather convincing that his principle is ubiquitous.
- Lawrence Lipsitz, Editor (1973) The Process of Innovation in Education. p. 26