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Going into a business or a nonprofit, What kind of mindset must one have to push the organization or company forward as an employee?

As an inspired anthropologist, I learn on how to think above and beyond. It is important to not only be part of a non-profit or company but as a member, seek to improve it. I am asking this question to understand how to go about on improving a company's position as a new employee. #business #management #entrepreneurship #anthropology #non-profit

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Christophe’s Answer

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To me the most important should be to be openminded , ready for listenning others and not waiting for to many awards ...See people happy to receive your help and advice have to be your personnal prices ...

You will face happy hours and probably difficult situations and moments , so keep thinking in a positive way !

Be ready not to count your hours and be proud to see people thrive




Thank you so much for the advise. Joshua C.

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Jeremy’s Answer

Hi Joshua,

Working for a non-profit is often a challenging, yet extremely rewarding position to be in for both parties involved. Maintaining enthusiasm, passion, and flexibility are all critical traits to possess whether it is building a business or developing one's role within a business. A question to pose in order to maintain this mindset is, "how can I make THIS process easier and/or more efficient?"

I greatly appreciate your help Joshua Joshua C.

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Simeon’s Answer

I'd say have a listening attitude as an employee in a non-profit. Hear the stories of the people you're assisting and don't allow yourself to develop any kind of a messiah complex. It's easy to be helpful in ways that are patronizing or that are actually unhelpful. See where their real felt needs are and what the non-profit's role is in assisting.

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Elise’s Answer

Employees at non-profits are there because they are passionate about the work they do. They are also often overworked, underpaid, and not well supervised. However, many non-profits also have very strong cultures.

As a new employee anywhere, it's always important to listen first. Probably for quite awhile. Coming in and telling people they need to change what they're doing will usually be met with annoyance if not anger. It doesn't mean there isn't room for change, but you need to be seen as one of the gang first instead of an outsider who doesn't understand anything.

After a couple of months, you can start making suggestions, but most of those suggestions should involve you in some way - a strength you have, a skill, a project you can lead, etc. People who are overworked are not into more work!

Many non-profits know that there's room for improvement but they don't have the time or the resources to do so (or they believe they don't) - so you have to make it as easy as possible and help them see the benefits of the growth.