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Books in brief: The Paula Principle by Tom Schuller

An examination of the evidence that women tend to work below their level of competence

By Jessica Abrahams   March 2017

The Paula Principle by Tom Schuller (Scribe, £14.99)

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“Every employee tends to rise to the level of his incompetence.” So runs the wisdom of The Peter Principle, the 1969 sensation that suggested that workers are promoted through the ranks of organisations until they reach a level beyond their ability.

In The Paula Principle, Tom Schuller examines the evidence that women tend to work below their level of competence: in most developed countries, women outperform men at all levels of education—including university, in-work training and skills development—yet this does…

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