Guest post from Michael Woudenberg, author of Polymathic Being
It is not a corollary of the Peters principle .. but I am convinced that the two are related.
I love the tie in to incentives. When you see behavior that makes no sense on the surface, that is usually where you find the answer.
Yes. I saw functional stupidity at Big Food companies all the time. Smart people wasting their brains. One client executive called it ‘paralysis from the neck up’
I'm thinking about the mis-aligned incentives angle and how that leads to agency effects (where the people involved optimise for themselves rather than the organisation as a whole)...