” We Don’t Need No Education”: A New Mindset For Ambitious Young People Who Want To Succeed In Business

In the age of social media billionaires, networking on steroids and an emerging economy based on ability to conceive of new ideas, is the college-bound career path a bit too "old school" for the smart kids? Today's New York Times Sunday Styles Cover story asks just that question - or rather, poses the youth-approved and … Continue reading ” We Don’t Need No Education”: A New Mindset For Ambitious Young People Who Want To Succeed In Business

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Office Acculturation 107: The Signification of Seating Arrangements In Workplace Habitats

The culture of an office environment is full of nuance, as elaborated on in previous posts.  Today's topic covers the rapidly evolving signification of seating arrangements in such offices. There is a distinct tradition with some differences depending on the industry or nature of the business than a specific office serves. Here are some examples: … Continue reading Office Acculturation 107: The Signification of Seating Arrangements In Workplace Habitats

Renewal And The Power of Anthropology

I have spent the past few days listening, learning and otherwise listening to my peers prove the case for the value of advancing human understanding through ethnography: the central methodological practice of research in cultural anthropology. The theme of this year's EPIC conference was "Renewal": focusing on how we can use ethnography to contribute to … Continue reading Renewal And The Power of Anthropology

How To Succeed In Business: Shave Your Head

The results are in! A recent study has officially proven that bald dudes do better in business. It's true. It's Science! And you can read about it here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443862604578032541863652264.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsTop Apparently, men who have close buzz cuts or no hair at all tend to be more gainfully employed and more likely to be business leaders. The … Continue reading How To Succeed In Business: Shave Your Head

The Sociology of Style: Are Women “Dressing For Success” Only To Encourage A Corporate Culture of Failure?

I have been spending a lot of time in the past year doing work in the apparel and retail space...studying the cultural context that influences how and why different types of consumers choose the clothing styles and brands that they use to cover themselves up everyday or to uncover their unique personal identities. Like when … Continue reading The Sociology of Style: Are Women “Dressing For Success” Only To Encourage A Corporate Culture of Failure?

Evolving Youth Culture and What it Means For The Global Brand Marketplace

Every now and then I put content on my "professional" blog that I think "normal" folks might enjoy. New perspectives are important. And I know a lot of people who are raising teens, have young adults in their lives either professionally or personally or who are young adults themselves that might be interested in this … Continue reading Evolving Youth Culture and What it Means For The Global Brand Marketplace

“Kids These Days”: A Peek Into James’ Room and His Brain

I found this young blogger this morning, who's content I am compelled to share Rather, he found me via yesterday's blog on workaholism. I do a lot of work studying youth culture and have found a good deal of pragmatism coming from their observations of their parent's adult life. Young adults and teenagers today grew … Continue reading “Kids These Days”: A Peek Into James’ Room and His Brain

Office Acculturation 105: Deciphering The Language of Management And Change

In honor of Monday, I thought i would continue with my ethnographic series in corporate culture. Jargon is a key part of the business day-to-day in an office setting. By us is also an essential management communication (or miscommunication) tool. You see, most employees don't need or want to have anything to do with the … Continue reading Office Acculturation 105: Deciphering The Language of Management And Change

The New Global Face of “Urban”

    Newsflash...the world "urban" doesn't mean "Black". You're welcome. To elaborate (which I am wont to do), "urban" refers to city life in general...areas with higher population density and a proliferation of industry. And the trend of Mass Urbanization on a global scale is necessarily changing what the culture of urban life looks like. … Continue reading The New Global Face of “Urban”

Office Acculturation 104: Diagnosing Your Manager’s Dysfunction

To revisit an earlier series on office acculturation I thought I would share some thoughts on how to manage your managers.  Chances are you will have at least one if not more bosses and you should really know what you are dealing with. I have read up on management styles from many different sources.  My … Continue reading Office Acculturation 104: Diagnosing Your Manager’s Dysfunction