Lewis Harrison on The Peter Principle and Incompetency

Q. Can we intentionally develop habits of incompetency?

Lewis Answers: Unfortunately the “Peter Principle” (we rise to our level of incompetence) has already made its mark in soft ware design for creating habitual patterns. When I speak at incentive events on cruise lines we sometimes speak about app software designers. It seems that most of the designers of  apps to improve sales technique habits seem to have already reached their level of incompetence.  Many experts who have reviewed these tools, claim that many are poorly designed.  It is not the technical elements that pose the problem. It is the lack of understanding concerning economic behaviorism, intuitive choices and applied game based thinking as well as a clear ignorance of the theories that lie at the foundation of  how habits are formed that are the problem. The apps may be fun to use and at times challenging but they fail to support the development of automatically which is their primary purpose.

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Recently we held a conference on stress management at the Catskills Bed and Breakfast – www.TheCatskillsBedandBreakfast.com -. We had speakers  and training session on the Peter Principle and incompetence.  We also  offered corporate on-site chair massage during the breaks. During the conference the question of how does incompetence come about?

The place where habits are likely to form and where memes and RTPs are likely to take hold is through consumerism, especially shopping habits linked to particularly vulnerable emotionally driven “sign posts” in life. These include “major life moments” beginning school, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Valentines’s Day, Confirmations,  vacations, educational certifications, first dates,  graduation, marriage, birth of first child, birthdays, anniversaries, promotions at work, moving to a new home, divorce, and deaths.

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Organizations and business who have an understanding of “Big Data” can purchase data and use metaheuristic algorithms  to isolate these events and take advantage of the marketing opportunity.  Amazon.com , Google, Facebook and other social networking platforms have mastered this approach to habit formation.



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