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The “Paula Principle,” a corollary of the “Peter Principle,” explains why why women work below their abilities

Posted on November 14th, 2017 at 23:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The idea that employees are promoted “to the level of their incompetence” has become a truism in management circles. The satirical 1969 treatise on business and life, The Peter Principle, pointed out that if success in one role leads inevitably to advancement, incompetent employees will occupy every high post, having reached the job they don’t possess the skills to succeed at.

But for women in the workplace, unwarranted advancement is not really the problem.

Most women work in jobs that are below their competency level, argues Tom Schuller, who frames that point as a corollary to the Peter Principle: “The Paula Principle.”


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