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Another way in which personal attitudes can hamper professional ability: I
once worked with a writer who, while sweet, was extremely defensive; you
couldn't give her any feedback (and I do mean *any*) without it being
interpreted as a personal attack, leading to long denials and sulking. In my
personal view, you can't improve your work without feedback, plain and
We ended up letting her go because she wasn't a very good technical writer,
and, as she couldn't be told what she needed to do to improve her skills,
she couldn't be a useful team member.
on 11/17/00 12:31 PM, ccallen -at- beckman -dot- com at ccallen -at- beckman -dot- com wrote:
> Depends on what you mean by "get the job done." Personality traits often
> affect a writer's ability to accomplish the work. I once worked with a
> writer who was barred from the building that housed the SMEs (as well as
> the equipment we were documenting) because of his abrasive and abusive
> personality. His technical skills were outstanding, but he was obviously
> unable to "get the job done."
> ccallen -at- beckman -dot- com
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