Laurence J. Peter

Laurence J. Peter

Laurence Johnston Peter (September 16, 1919 – January 12, 1990) was a Canadian educator and "hierarchiologist" best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter principle which became one of the most profound principles of management from the University of Southern California.

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Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

The great question is not whether you have failed but whether you are content with failure.

The seaman tells stories of winds the ploughman of bulls, the soldier details his wounds the shepherd his sheep.

There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it and the rest of us.

A censor is an expert in cutting remarks. A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.

Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert.

A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know.

Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.

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