Re: benefits of a publications manager?

Subject: Re: benefits of a publications manager?
From: Katav <katav -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 04:22:00 -0800 (PST)

Publications, unlike most other corporate operations,
interface with almost all other departments ...
marketing, design engineering, production, sales,
training, customer support -- sometimes even HR
(internal docs), MIS/IT, etc. A pubs manager must be
able to win the confidence/support/respect of the
people in these organizations. (IMO, the Pubs Dept
should include Training and Support, at least for
smaller companies.)

A _good_ pubs manager is the buffer between Tech Pubs
personnel and "the others," assuring that Pubs People
are not distracted by clients vying for their time.
A _good_ pubs manager is the department's advocate to
management (particularly at budget time).
A _good_ pubs manager is a "go-fer" to make certain
the troops have the resources they need to get the job
A _good_ pubs manager makes certain that, as much as
possible, the workload is balanced across the Pubs
A _good_ pubs manager will, if the manager has the
skills, mentor the troops to help them reach their
full potential.
A _good_ pubs manager will see that Pubs Personnel get
the recognition they deserve - withn the department,
within the company, within the writing community, and
perhaps even within the company's industry.

In other words, a good pubs manager handles the
administrative "stuff" -- and if the manager has the
skills, lends a hand whenever needed - the manager
NEVER leaves the troops working overtime.

But that's just my opinion.

--- Stina Lane-Cummings <stina -at- real -dot- com> wrote:

> 1. How is a publications manager different from any
> other manager?
> 2. What are the benefits of having a publications
> manager?
> How would you convince upper management that giving
> a dedicated
> publications manager to an existing group of writers
> is a good idea?
> Stina Lane-Cummings

Katav ( katav -at- yahoo -dot- com )
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