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Cooper’s Constant

Cooper’s Constant answers fundamental questions about the sources of human folly. Why did an Alabama man go to the police station to complain about being cheated in a drug deal?  Why did an Idaho woman request that the highway department remove the Deer Crossing sign on her road because too many deer were being hit by cars?  Why did a native of Texas formally petition his local government to allow him to keep a pet donkey at his home so his children would grow up knowing what manure looks like?  As for folly in organizations, Laurence J. Peter asked himself why organizations are riddled with incompetence.  His answer, the “Peter Principle,” stated that, “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”  An offshoot, the Dilbert Principle, maintains that “the most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.”  The “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett, spoke of the “Three I’s of the business cycle”—the Innovators, the Imitators, and the Idiots, the first two of whom create and enhance companies, and the third, the Idiots, “who screw it all up.”  Dr. Peter, Scott Adams and Warren Buffett were on the right track but never got to the station because they failed to ask, “Why are so many people—the ‘Idiots’—incompetent or ineffective in the first place?”  This book furnishes the answer: Cooper’s Constant.  And introduces the reader to the M-type, the M-Organization, or MORG, and the diabolical Weevil and Meevil.

 

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