How to eliminate the 'Peter Principle'

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How to eliminate the 'Peter Principle'

About the speaker
  • Nancy Zakharia
    Nancy Zakharia
    Global HR and Talent and Organizational Development leader at McDermott International, Ltd
    Nancy is a global HR and Talent and Organizational Development leader, and a certified coach and assessor. She draws on more than 15 years' experience in business and HR practices within different industries and sectors. Nancy is a strong believer in the importance of leveraging strengths, and is passionate about leading personal and organizational growth and inspiring others to do the same. Professional Experience: Nancy has held various HR roles in government and multinational organizations at a regional and global level. She has extensive international experience working across many geographies and cultures in the capacity of a coach and HR professional. Throughout her career, Nancy has spearheaded and excuted strategies for employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, competency design, and other essential HR and Talent and Organizational Development practices. This vast experience equips her with a comprehensive understanding of business challenges on a global scale, allowing her to effortlessly build strong connections with stakeholders at all levels and provide tailored business solutions. With her coaching hat on, Nancy helps individuals deepen their self-awareness, understand the impact of their behaviours and make deliberate choices about opportunities on which to focus. She strives to make coaching and team work an enjoyable process of discovery, commitment and tangible change. Nancy is a holder of a Masters’ in Business Administration from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Lebanese American University (LAU). She is a lifelong learner who has pursued several certifications throughout her career and is currently a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from ICF, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach- (CPCC), Certified Positve Intelligence Coach, Certified Strengths Coach, Certified People Acuity Guide, Professional Certified Coach for Innovators, a holder of SPHRi Certification from HRCI and SHRM- SCP from SHRM. She is Organization & Relationship Systems Coach and Conversational Intelligence Enhanced practitioner. Nancy is certified in a variety of Psychometric assessment tools that she uses as needed to support leadership development within organizations, and to facilitate individual and team coaching sessions.

Key takeaways

Often the Peter Principle is realised when a competent technical employee is promoted to a managerial role, despite the difference in required skillset.

Upskilling for the future is a shared responsibility between organisations and employees.

Communication is crucial to prevent the Peter Principle - organisations should understand employee career aspirations and play on their strengths.