Speak when you’re angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
–Lawrence J. Peter
Party Elephants – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie Postcard
I painted this little postcard from another of Christine’s
(Crispur2005) photos at WetCanvas. They were wood or brass figurines
(hard to tell) and if Christine didn’t live in Australia, I’d probably
have to go to her house and kidnap them. I fell in love!
Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) was born in Vancouver,
British Columbia, and began his career as a teacher in 1941. He
received the degree of Doctor of Education from Washington State
University in 1963.
In 1964, Peter moved to California, where he became an Associate
Professor of Education, Director of the Evelyn Frieden Centre for
Prescriptive Teaching, and Coordinator of Programs for Emotionally
Disturbed Children at the University of Southern California.
He became widely famous in 1968, on the publication of The Peter Principle,
in which he states: “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his
level of incompetence … in time every post tends to be occupied by an
employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties … Work is
accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of
incompetence.” The Peter Principle became one of the most profound
principles of management from the University of Southern California. It
is a heavily quoted principle at the Marshall School of Business.
Another notable quotation of his is that the “noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.”
From 1985 to his death in 1990, Dr. Peter attended and was involved
in management of the Kinetic Sculpture Race in Humboldt County,
California. He proposed an award for the race, titled “The Golden
Dinosaur Award” which has been handed out every year since to the first
sculptural machine to utterly break down immediately after the start.