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Integrity Moments - April 18, 2018

  • 2018 Apr 18

The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle says if we continually promote high performers, we will eventually promote them to a level of incompetence. According to Harvard Business Review, Alan Benson and Kelly Shue tested this theory by researching how well sales people did when they were promoted to sales manager.

They discovered that high-performing salespeople were often not good managers, affirming the Peter Principle. When offered a promotion some take it for the additional pay or out of pride, rather than humbly considering their skill sets and best fit. This can lead to unnecessary failure.

Proverbs 29:23 teaches, “A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.”

If you desire honor for your work, do what you do best and ask your company to reward your successes accordingly.


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