How to Sidestep the Peter Principle

Last Updated Apr 22, 2008 12:37 AM EDT

The Peter Principle holds that we rise to our level of incompetence. In other words, at some point in our career, we all end up in over our heads.

Tom Foster's Management Skills blog has a post on how to find a life preserver when you've reached your own personal Peter Principle moment.

Here's a look on other ways to foil the Peter Principle on How Stuff Works.

Yet more tips on how to avoid your own incompetence.

The Peter Principle revisited offers a refresher on the topic.

The Walrus and the Carpenter blog takes on the idea of the Peter Principle and innovation, which is to say that when a company has a cash cow, it ceases to truly innovate.

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    Michael Fitzgerald writes about innovation and other big ideas in business for publications like the New York Times, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc. and CIO. He’s worked as a writer or editor at Red Herring, ZDNet, TechTV and Computerworld, and has received numerous awards as a writer and editor. Most recently, his piece on the hacker collective the l0pht won the 2008 award for best trade piece from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He was also a 2007 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion.