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Why Are Your People Thinking of Leaving? Is Promotion the Right Reward?
"In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." ~ Dr Laurence J. Peter, sociologist (1919-1990).

Chances are, you know someone who has fallen foul of the Peter Principle, above. That is, someone whose skills or expertise were rewarded with a promotion that he or she wasn't ready for.

There are things that you can do as a manager to avoid promoting people above their competence. You can learn them in our articles, How to Avoid the Pitfalls of the Peter Principle and Hiring People: Questions to Ask.

Perhaps you are the one struggling to make the transition from skilled team member to manager. You can discover how to make the move effectively with our article, From Technical Expert to Manager.

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A Final Note

The Peter Principle was originally written as satire, but it does highlight the problem of people being promoted to roles that don't suit the skills that made them so valuable in the first place. This can be avoided with effective training and competency-based hiring.

Next week, you can discover the emotional impact of different leadership styles on your team members, and learn how to choose the right style for the right situation.

Have a great week!

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James Manktelow (CEO) - Essential Skills for an Excellent Career!
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