Educator, Lawrence J. Peter

Lawrence J. Peter Quotes

Dr. Peter is most famous for articulating his concept, which he called ‘The Peter Principle’, best summed up in this statement: “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” His extensive writings include a quotations book, which we use for our work here. He likes witty sayings – those of others and the ones that he made up.

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“The problem with success is that its formula is the same as the one for ulcers.”

“In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”

“Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.”

“An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.”

“Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.”

– Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990)

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