So, if you ask me what I can do for you in the workplace, my answer is, “That’s up to you.” I can do a lot of things, but I can only do them in a job if I’m allowed to do them by the people I work for.
If, for some reason, my managers are convinced that someone who majored in Mathematics in cannot possibly write, even do technical writing, then I can’t write for you.
If, for some reason, my managers are convinced that someone who has design and law degrees can’t design and execute a quantitative analysis, then you’re right, I can’t.
If, for some reason, my managers are convinced that an analyst needs to be buried in a back room and will faint dead away if I’m asked to do a presentation, then its a no-go.
Bias is powerful in this life. There are a lot of different types of bias, some we recognize and discuss, others I think tend to fly under the radar screen, just more common knowledge in the category of “everyone knows.” Bias holds back a lot of people, no just the holder o’ the bias, but a lot of people around them.
Bias can be very hurtful. Sometimes it even hurts like a Bitch. 😉