Applying a values framework in career decisions

Red Flag by Ben Sutherland Understanding your personal and professional values can be a really useful tool for making career decisions and figuring out the suitability of a job, team, boss or workplace. You can use values as a framework for thinking about questions such as, "What kind of company culture will I thrive in?" … Continue reading Applying a values framework in career decisions

Culture, Pushing Boundaries and Change

The Narcissistic (American) Anthropologist

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Recently in my professional career I have been yet again posed the question of “why study cultural context” – not so much from a “prove your value” perspective but from a “help us sell this stuff” perspective.

I got to thinking about the connection between “values” (broad term for not-so-easy-to-measure sociocultural “stuff”) and value (the “dolla bills”) and how the way we (at my company, in my profession) help create meaningful change by solving human-centric problems.

Essentially it really all comes back to identifying the need for and efficiently managing the process for change.  Change is what helps us grow – both socially and  – in business terms, financially.   And it all comes down to understanding the boundaries so you can bust them.

It took me back to my go-to explanation of the meaning of culture:  what happens when humans collectively respond to constraints (the big stuff on a social…

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Working in the private sector: matters of contradiction, self-interest, practicality and personal values

This post began as a response to a question left by an anonymous reader of my blog on a previous post in which I reflected on the origins of my interest in anthropology and my training and career as an anthropologist. I thought it was a really good question, and wanted to be able to … Continue reading Working in the private sector: matters of contradiction, self-interest, practicality and personal values

Job interviews: don’t forget, you’re interviewing them, too!

In a previous post on job interview questions for people with social science backgrounds, I discussed a series of questions I recalled from my various interviews and the direction I went in with each of them. This time, I'd like to share the list of questions I referenced during the same interviews. These are the … Continue reading Job interviews: don’t forget, you’re interviewing them, too!