RE: Hiring Publications Managers

Subject: RE: Hiring Publications Managers
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 17:59:42 -0000

Dick wrote:
> Some readers project a sarcastic or rude
>"tone" on the words I've written.

Michael Oboryshko wrote, recalling the early days of e-mail:
>The email-shunning managers tended be very effective in person.
>But when subordinates (such as tech writers!) started sending
>email to these people, the raised eyebrow and sonorous voice
>didn't work anymore. If you sent them a request or proposal that
>was logical and well written, they couldn't pull rank and
>dismiss you so easily. They had to respond with an equally
>clearly reasoned response -- and some of them were not capable.

Like Christine, I'll say again: Dick's posts have never offended me. (I've
sometimes disagreed with him, but that's another matter.) Neither was I
offended by Kelley's posts: I just didn't agree with her. (And I think that
analogy of peaches and apples, representing hiring practices, was *magical*.
A keeper.)

What I do find offensive - to the point sometimes of deciding to delete
unread - is people who are not willing to discuss, merely to lay down the
law. That's as easy by e-mail as it is in person - easier, in fact: and the
effect is of an instructor, not a participant: someone (linking to what
Bruce Byfield said) who is creating a hierarchy, with themselves at the top.
Obviously it's not possible to respond to everything! But someone who
persistently enters debates only to slap other people's opinions down, is

my 2 pence.

Jane Carnall
Apologies for the long additional sig: it is added automatically and outwith
my control.


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