The Peter Principal

Peter Principle

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The Peter Principle is a colloquial principle of hierarchiology, stated as

“In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”

Formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter in his 1968 book The Peter Principle, the principle pertains to the level of competence of the human resources in a hierarchical organization. The principle explains the upward, downward, and lateral movement of personnel within a hierarchically organized system of ranks.

I don’t have the knowledge base to make any formal connections between the principal quoted above and the content of the article below but in my opinion …. ya know it might be part of the problem.

From the Halifax Chronical Herald

Gunning for Kelly’s job

Halifax mayor shrugs off groups’ criticism, says he has mandate that will be fulfilled
By AMY PUGSLEY FRASER City Hall Reporter
Tue. Dec 4 – 1:24 PM
The next municipal election isn’t until October but people are already gunning for Mayor Peter Kelly’s chair.“I can’t control what they want to do,” he said Monday.


“All I know is that I have a job to do and I will keep focused on that and not get sidetracked. I don’t want to get involved with personalities. I just want to stick to the issues at hand.”

He was responding to the formation of a second group unhappy with city hall.

The first manifested itself in the guise of, an anonymous website that slams the mayor.

The most recent group, Citizens for Halifax, had a private meeting 10 days ago and plans to mobilize in the new year. At its first meeting, local businessman Don Mills told a group of about 150 that it’s time for change.

“People are frustrated about the lack of leadership they see,” he said. “People want to get things done but the city seems stuck in neutral.”

With the limited knowledge he has about either group, Mr. Kelly paints them with the same brush — business people angry about either the Commonwealth Games or controls on downtown development.

The mayor has “no regrets” about turning down the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“That $2-billion cost certainly would have sunk us financially,” he said. “They talk about the need for leadership, but to me, one of the most important elements of leadership is fiscal leadership — and to try to ensure that there are no deficits and that you live within the realm of reality and affordability. That is extremely important to the taxpayer.”

In the last election, in 2004, Mr. Kelly won 102,000 of the 125,000 votes cast.

“The public has given me a mandate that I am going to fulfil, and the highest element that I’ve heard over the years is maintain the physical integrity of the municipality, protect the long-term financial stability and pay down the debt. And we’re doing all that.

“So it’s strange to hear other concerns when it’s (the business people) who have said, ‘Keep those in the forefront.’ ”

The mayor also dismissed the criticism that he pays too much attention to which way the wind is blowing.

“Another part of this is that I (allegedly) consult with the public too much and wait to see what the public wants.

In response to that criticism, politicians fail to recognize that they are supposed to serve the public that put them there in the first place.

“You can’t just steamroll your way through without having input.”

He doesn’t have confirmation, but he understands that Citizens for Halifax and are related.

“The information that is coming to me is that they are business groups that are connected . . . and well-funded.

“The website is a business group and the (Citizens for Halifax) group is also a business/Commonwealth hangover group.

“”These are folks that had a lot to gain through the Games if they were to go ahead.”

Coun. Sue Uteck (Northwest Arm-South End) said Monday she understands where Citizens for Halifax is coming from.

“People want more say and public participation and they want more action at city hall. That’s the No. 1 thing I’m getting from people — that we can’t make a decision.

“I don’t know Peter Kelly at all. We just disagree politically. That’s the extent of it. But having said that, the mayor is supposed to lead and it’s just so detached there.

“When the mayor wants to lead, he leads in isolation.”

Coun. Gloria McCluskey, a former mayor of Dartmouth, disagrees.

“I’m a supporter of Mayor Kelly and I will continue to support him,” the Dartmouth Centre representative said Monday. “I think he does a good job.”

She characterizes both anti-city hall groups as “unprofessional and power-seeking” and said they are not looking to effect change.

“These people are trying to effect control,” she said.


Halifax Chamber of Commerce Presidents Responce


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