RE: Handling the anti-team situation?

Subject: RE: Handling the anti-team situation?
From: Scott Turner <sturner -at- airmail -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 09:13:22 -0500

>I must disagree with Geoff's conclusions. I have learned that when a
manager demands personnel, they are empire building. It is not so
much as about teams as it is about control.

I think you're probably right. But I think Geoff's *tactics* are right.
There may well be a power struggle going on, but power struggles at that
level are not good things to smash up against. The writing department might
even win, get their writer back, but lose real contact with the developers.
Having the technical writer in with the development group <stitch: Where Do
We Belong?> but with free contact with the technical writing group, sounds
like the best possible solution.

Dick Margulis described what I consider to be a better solution. Funny how we get new names for things that have been around for a long time, isn't it?

From the brief description given I made two assessments, which may be way off base.

The first is that the new manager probably won't know how to manage a writer, won't know how to provide support for a writer, and won't know how to train a writer. This is evidenced by the writer having to continually return for support to the Tech writing group. Therefore, logistics have been compromised to produce an untenable situation for the writer.

Second, it has been my experience that when a new manager comes in and gathers their own little group from others, their guiding light is to "Advance my career over everything else, including mission."

From his actions I question his motives. Why get an unexperienced writer? This is HIGH RISK, not the action of someone who is mission oriented. This is the action of an empire builder.

This new manager may be very good at what he does, but he is a jerk, and needs to be bashed, before he does real harm to the organization. In a small company, this can be fatal.

The worst practices of the Harvard Business School have been the bane of my life ever since I started work, from the military to civilian life.



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