Promoting from within is a great idea when a company, organization, or school System is humming along properly with all systems functioning as they should. This shows that culture and climate have been integrated properly up and down the line.
BUT (huge ‘but’ here), when things are not running smoothly, there is absolutely no reason to promote a bad culture further up the ladder. The Peter Principle comes into play when a failing company promotes from within during a time when the culture is not conducive to growth and profitability.
“According to the Peter Principle, every position in a given hierarchy will eventually be filled by employees who are incompetent to fulfill the job duties of their respective positions.” Read more: Peter Principle http://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/peter-principle.asp#ixzz4t2ss7wci
When a company needs to makes changes, it is often best to hire from the outside to change the culture and climate. This can be done by hiring for open leadership positions, creating new leadership positions, moving people around, or hiring a coach to redirect the culture and effect positive climate change.
If your company is looking for a change in culture and climate, and you want to make sure that you move in the best direction, contact me for an analysis of your corporate structure and culture. Let’s make sure you put the right people in the right places where they be the most productive.
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