“in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”
………………. Dr. Laurence Peter, 1969.
The fundamental point of the Peter Principle is that, within an organization, usually a corporation, an individual will eventually rise, through promotion, to a point beyond his or her capabilities, hence their “level of incompetence.”
Having worked in the corporate world for over thirty years, I saw many examples of the Peter Principle applied. Many “good” employees saw their careers stalled or even destroyed when they were promoted beyond their capabilities.
What we have seen in the past month and a half goes beyond the Peter Principle in reference to a single employee to the Principle applied to a entire corporation.
And that corporation is BP.
This amalgamation of morons, idiots, criminals, thieves, liars, spineless charlatans and clueless flunkies is responsible for the deaths of eleven workers and the destruction of a good portion of the Gulf of Mexico and it’s attendant industries.
And the destruction continues and BP seems to be without a semblance of knowledge as to what to do about it.
“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. – Murphy’s Law.
As a business person often charged with large-scale projects, I always kept this “fact” in the back of my mind, and planned contingencies as a response. In other words, I had a back up plan.
Well, here is a question that should have been asked of BP, before the fact:
“If you are drilling an exploratory well a mile under the surface of the Gulf, what is your “back up plan” should your single line of defense against a leak fail?”
As we all know now, the answer is nothing. And worst of all, it continues, a month and a half later, to be nothing, despite the optimistic reports from BP that this or that fix may, could, might stop the leak.
Now, they are trying a new approach – one that could well exacerbate the problem, rather than stop the flow of oil.
I am not encouraged.
William Stephenson Clark