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Misplaced talent

Base your decision to promote staff on their suitability for the intended role, not simply on how well they've done in their current position, says Geraint Jones

25 March 2015

The Peter Principle is a conundrum that has long vexed me. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, it basically says that every man (or woman for that matter) will rise to their own level of incompetence.

Or to put it another way, you will keep getting promoted (based on your performance in your current role rather than your suitability for the intended role) until you are no longer good at your job, at which point you will 'top out'. Whether that level is as an associate, a manager or a partner, everyone ends up doing a job that they are not good at. Even within a partnership, it is important that partners are allocated roles in which they excel.

Unsuitably qualified

Having spent most of my career working for professional services firms, I have often wondered about who shou...

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