What is the Peter principle?
You you ever ever felt felt like like everyone everyone in in the the world world was was completely completely incompetent incompetent at at their their jobs? jobs? He He to to break break it it to to you. you. But But this this might. might. Actually, Actually, be be the the case. case. That's That's according according to to the the Peter Peter principle principle your your favorite favorite principle. principle. You You may may not not have have heard heard of of this this kind kind of of cynical cynical and and kind kind of of funny, funny, but but kind kind of of logically logically make make sense sense it it does. does. So So the the Peter Peter principle principle is is simple, simple, and and it's it's also also the the name name of of one one thousand thousand nine nine hundred hundred sixty sixty eight eight book book by by educational educational scholar. scholar. Dr Dr Laurence Laurence j j Peter Peter the the Peter Peter principle principle says says that that in in a a hierarchy hierarchy like like a a government government or or a a corporation corporation every every employee employee tends tends to to rise rise to to the the level level of of his his or or her her incompetence. incompetence. Here's Here's a a different different way. way. Dr Dr Peter Peter put put it it rather rather than than the the cream cream rising rising to to the the top top the the cream cream rises rises until until it it sours. sours. It It makes makes sense. sense. If If you're you're good good at at your your job. job. You'll You'll be be promoted promoted if if you're you're not not good good at at your your job, job, you you won't won't people people are are rarely rarely demoted demoted regardless regardless of of their their job job performance. performance. This This means means that that an an employee employee will will keep keep getting getting promoted promoted until until they they reach reach a a position position they're they're not not fit fit to to do. do. Well, Well, since since they they do do poorly poorly in in that that position. position. They They don't don't get get promoted promoted to to a a higher higher one. one. So So they're they're stuck stuck being being incompetent incompetent at at their their job. job. This This principle principle may may sound sound tongue tongue in in cheek, cheek, but but it it has has sinister sinister implications implications in in the the real real world world from from transit transit delays. delays. Internet Internet outages outages to to oil oil spills spills and and rocket rocket explosions. explosions. How How many many of of the the world's world's errors errors come come down down to to people people rising rising to to the the level level of of their their incompetence incompetence companies companies have have come come up up with with a a couple couple strategies strategies to to come come out? out? This This some some have have adopted adopted an an up up or or out out strategy strategy where where they they periodically periodically kind kind of of cleanse cleanse their their company company of of people people that that aren't aren't advancing advancing up up who who so so there's there's some some ways ways to to deal deal with with this. this. But But I I don't don't think think it'll it'll ever ever have have a a perfect perfect solution. solution. It It kind kind of of seems seems like like it's it's just just the the nature nature of of things, things, unfortunately. unfortunately. Yeah. Yeah. Before Before we we get get to to our our last last story. story. 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Well, Well, that's that's because because there there is is one one team team population population of of FOX's FOX's on on earth. earth. And And today, today, we we have have the the story story of of the the Russian Russian geneticists geneticists who who made made it it happen. happen. Although Although there's there's one one question question this this story story won't won't answer. answer. Ashley Ashley is is it. it. What What does does the the FOX FOX say say darn darn it? it? While While you you got got me me Dmitri Dmitri K K beleive beleive was was a a Russian Russian geneticist geneticist who who wanted wanted to to treat treat the the evolutionary evolutionary pathway pathway of of domesticated domesticated animals animals by by trying trying to to domesticate domesticate some some FOX's FOX's specifically specifically silver silver black. black. Fox's Fox's he he and and his his intern intern traveled traveled around around to to different different FOX FOX farms farms where where FOX's FOX's were were being being bred bred for for their their for for and and they they took took away. away. Fox's Fox's that that showed showed one one key key trait. trait. Friendliness Friendliness around around ten ten percent percent of of the the FOX FOX is is in in these these cages cages had had a a week week wild wild response. response. Meaning Meaning they they were were docile docile around around people. people. They They ended ended up up with with about about one one hundred hundred thirty thirty FOX's FOX's for for the the first first generation generation of of friendly. friendly. Fox's Fox's and and when when they they had had cubs cubs the the team team hand hand fed fed and and pet pet the the little little foxes foxes for for a a strictly strictly measured measured period period of of time. time. The The friendliest friendliest of of the the FOX's FOX's went went onto onto breed breed the the next next generation generation and and so so on on and and so so on on by by the the fourth fourth generation generation of of friendly, friendly, FOX FOX litters. litters. The The researchers researchers started started noticing noticing dramatic dramatic changes. changes. Fox's Fox's were were wagging wagging their their tails tails eagerly eagerly looking looking for for human human contact. contact. And And licking licking the the scientists scientists like like puppies. puppies. And And as as the the generations generations of of foxes foxes were were getting getting fend fend Lear Lear and and more more dog dog like like they they were were changing changing physically physically to to not not only only did did they they start start making making different different vocalisations vocalisations than than wild wild foxes. foxes. These These FOX's FOX's also also developed developed a a more more delicate delicate appearance appearance with with fob fob ears. ears. Why Why didn't didn't heads heads shorter shorter legs legs and and Kearlier Kearlier tails? tails? In In other other words, words, these these foxes foxes were were just just getting getting cuter. cuter. The The team team had had successfully successfully created created a a genetically genetically distinct distinct population population of of FOX's FOX's which which remains remains the the only only one one in in the the world. world. And And with with intensive intensive selective. selective. Beating Beating the the team team had had compressed compressed a a thousands thousands of of years years process. process. And And just just a a few few decades decades that that taught taught us us quite quite a a lesson lesson in in evolution. evolution. Remember Remember selection selection is is only only based based on on tame tame ability. ability. But But the the FOX's FOX's changed changed in in their their physiology, physiology, anatomy anatomy and and behavior. behavior. Oh, Oh, and and if if you you wanna wanna FOX FOX the the friendly, friendly, FOX FOX operation operation is is still still up up and and running running you you can can import import one one of of these these FOX's FOX's through through an an agency agency in in Florida Florida for for a a cool cool eight eight thousand thousand nine nine hundred hundred dollars dollars give give or or take. take. 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