By Laurence J. Peter, Raymond Hull

The Peter Principle has cosmic implications.”
New York Times

Back in 1969, Lawrence J. Peter created a cultural phenomenon  along with his fantastic, outrageous, hilarious, and all-too-true treatise on enterprise and lifestyles, The Peter Principle—and his phrases and theories are as actual at the present time as they have been then. through posing—and answering—the everlasting query, “Why do issues consistently pass wrong?” Peter explores the incompetence that runs so rampant via our society, our office, and our global in an outrageously humorous but sincere and eye-opening demeanour. With a brand new foreword via Robert I. Sutton, bestselling writer of The No Asshole Rule, this twenty-first century version of Peter’s vintage is determined to shake up the company global all over the place again.

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