RE: wording for training materials

Subject: RE: wording for training materials
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 13:04:43 -0400

Theory X organization....Theory Y organization.

Maybe it's me, but I'm not one for theories...I prefer Profitable
organization, productive organization, etc.

Sometimes that happens with consensus, sometimes with everyone being a
colleague, and sometimes it happens with someone saying "do it because my
business card says manager and because I'm telling you to. We can discuss
your ego after it goes out the way I want."

If I send something out on my initiative and it is different than you'd
want, but I meant well, that's an error and I apologize. (it happens to me

OTOH, if I show you something as the approving authority, you tell me to do
it one way, I blatantly disregard your wishes and send it out my way, that
is insubordination and the only difference between big insubordination and
small insubordination is the size of the punishment.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
"Be accurate...the 4am wakeup call you prevent could be your manager's"

-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net]
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: wording for training materials

Jeff Hanvey <jeff -at- jewahe -dot- net> wrote:

>The writer was wrong. The manager specifically told him/her to change
something, and s/he did NOT - that is insubordination.

Hmmm. Well, that would certainly apply in a Theory X organization, assuming
the editor is the writer's manager. But in a Theory Y organization, or
anywhere that the editor is seen as a colleague providing a service to the
writer, I can't see that a disagreement of this type constitutes
insubordination or any other sort of corporate sin. I guess it depends on
the company.


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