Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Breaking Professions Down Into Three Essential Roles

I think one can categorize most professions into a small number of distinct roles--let's explore this idea and arbitrarily limit the number of roles to three in each case. It is my contention that few of the people practicing these professions are good at more than one role, and many are not very good at any of the roles. Consider:

  • Lawyers: navigator, firefighter, bodyguard
  • Financial advisors: tour guide, travel agent, psychologist
  • Medical doctosr: band-aids, antibiotics, placebo
  • College professors: inspirational speaker, revealer of truth (model explainer), advancer of truth (researcher)
  • Elementary school teachers: babysitter, basic skills tutor, etiquette shaper
  • Catholic priests: moral consigliere, charity executive director, art museum curator

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