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Peter Principle, n. A piercing insight into the function of American

The Peter Principle states, in essence, that individuals in an
organization will rise to their level of incompetence. That is to say,
a person who demonstrates competence in one field will be "promoted".
A promotion consists of an increase in pay, and hours of time expected
to complete responsibilities, combined with a shifting of
responsibilities to another field requiring a different skill and
talent. This philosophy of promotion holds that the various functions
within an organization -- which may be likened to parts of a body --
are to be ranked and ordered, so that when one part excels at being
itself, it is considered to be evidently good at being the next part
up. A bicep muscle which proves its strength and stamina is surgically
removed from the upper arm and reattached to the end of the wrist and
expected to grasp and do fine manipulation; a nose which keenly picks
up faint odors is transplanted to the eye socket and expected to see.
Thus, the more competent an individual demonstrates himself in
handling one set of responsibilities, the more likely he will be to be
reassigned to another field where he is incompetent. See also:
Incompetent, Promotion.

-- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary

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