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It refers to an observation wherein people who perform well in their job gets promoted until eventually, they will reach a stage where they are incompetent for that job.
A study looked at promotions and performance of some 40,000 sales workers across 131 firms.
It showed that the best salespeople as measured by sales revenue are more likely to be promoted (top figure) but their value added as managers actually declines in their sales revenues (bottom figure).
However, If firms promoted workers on the basis of managerial potential rather than current performance, employees may have fewer incentives to work as hard.
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