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Dr. Laurence J. Peter Quote of The Week from Greg Bover

"The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance."
Dr. Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990)

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and educated at Washington State University, Dr. Peter was a coordinator of programs for emotionally disturbed children at the University of Southern California. As a student of bureaucracies, he was famous for his theory The Peter Principle, and his 1968 book of the same name, which posits that in a hierarchical organization an employee rises until he or she reaches one level above that at which they are competent. In later life he was active in the Kinetic Sculpture Race which occurs in many locations around the world (and looks like a whole lot of fun. Couldn’t we have one on Rocky Neck?)

Greg Bover