Kipling's Cat (mintogrubb) wrote in life_on_earth,
Kipling's Cat

The Peter Principle

Many years ago, a management consultant coined what he called "The Peter Principle", the idea was that people get promoteduntil they reach the limits of competance nd then get promoted again!

Supposing a chap makes a good mechanic. he has real skill in fixing things, and is better than most. someone is bound to put him in charge. Now fixing things is not the big issue, it may be that some things are best thrown out, but he will take the most hopeless case and stay at it, becuase he sees it as a challenge. however, economically, it may be a beter idea to write it of and buy a new one.

And so it goes that not everyone is capable of doing their boss's job. However, in society these days , promotion is seen as a reward. People do not want a job - they want a career. True, some may have what it takes to reach the top, but that is not everyone.

We need to focus on seeing success as a job well done, not as an important post filled , but filled poorly.of course, it would help if the money went with it, and it is very likely that we need to re-evaluate how we as a society see things. At present, a band like the Spice Girls can , and do earn far more than a group of nurses, or even brain surgeons. I sense that something is wrong with any system that throws up a result like that.

Yet, for all the money that film stars and singers seem to get, it does seem that happiness eludes them. It seems to me that we need to focus more on what we are, rather than what we have got, in order to achieve lasting happiness.
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I am alway striving for self-improvement. I don't really care what I have or do not have as long as I have a roof over my head. Sometimes I wish I would win the lottery so I could help both of my girls to get houses, but it aint never gonna happen because I don't buy tickets. LOL Nor do I intend to buy them. I don't think too many people win big lotteries and I can't afford to waste the money.

I would rather be content and happy. I must learn to accept my circumstances as they are and not as I wish them to be. Some things you just can't change. I have a little plaque on my fridge that says, "Right where I need to be" and it is a good reminder when I get antsy to be in control and try to change people, places, things, and situations.
I'm an American now living in Sweden. What stunned me over here is the incredible push to get ALL kids into university. Yes, it's lovely that all kids could go to university, not have to worry about cost and such, but what seems to escape the government is the fact that not ALL kids are suited for nor want to go to university. And forcing them into going by the need for a piece of paper for any job is not only a great waste of money that could be better spent elsewhere, but ends up frustrating and discouraging those who have dreams that don't include university education.

And when I say piece of paper, you are ALWAYS asked for qualifications on paper here. I applied for a job cleaning summer cottages at a near-by campground when I first got here and was asked if I had taken the cleaning course and gotten my certificate. The answer that I was a 50-year-old woman, who had safely cleaned god knows how many toilets in my lifetime was not considered suitable. I DO have my certificate showing that I passed the basic language competency class in a little over four months, but needless to say, I have remained unemployed in Sweden.