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“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.” — Clay Shirky

http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2010/04/the_shirky_prin.php

I think this observation is brilliant. It reminds me of the clarity of the Peter Principle, which says that a person in an organization will be promoted to the level of their incompetence. At which point their past achievements will prevent them from being fired, but their incompetence at this new level will prevent them from being promoted again, so they stagnate in their incompetence.

One boss I had (my most recent boss and by far the worst) told me about the Peter Principle. I thought she was just being a bitch and trying to insult me, because my name is Peter.

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