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August 14th, 2007
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I was listening to a podcast episode of "Says You" last night, and they mentioned the "Dilbert Principle", which says something like:


Companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management, in order to limit the amount of damage that they're capable of doing.


Which is amusing and cynical. I've got an explanation that I think is simpler:


Companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management, because it is the incompetent who choose who to promote.

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From:ginsu
Date:August 14th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Or try mine:

Companies that presume management skill can be shifted across industries have taken a step toward failure.

We have MBA programs to thank for that strange delusion. Too often, the practical outcome is a John Sculley.
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From:weatherguy2000
Date:August 15th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
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That sounds very close to the Peter Principle:

In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

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From:avon4miles
Date:August 15th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
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Why do these remind me of our nation's current administration??? :-P
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