Thursday, February 02, 2012

Dilbert, The Peter Principle and Prayer

Working at Lowe's allowed me to find humor in cartoons like Dilbert.

Simply working at various places has allowed me to find the humor in the following ideas that I came across on the internet:

The Peter Principle states that "in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence", meaning that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position in which they cannot work competently.  It was formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1969 book The Peter Principle, a humorous treatise.

The principle holds that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently.  Eventually they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their "level of incompetence"), and there they remain, being unable to earn further promotions.  Peter's Corollary states that "in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out their duties" and adds that "work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence."  "Managing upward" is the concept of a subordinate finding ways to subtly "manage" superiors in order to limit the damage that they end up doing.

This principle is intended to be humorous and is usually anecdotal.

Seriously, though... Lord, keep me in the position that I can do competently and for Your glory.  

Want to make that your prayer today, too?