Re: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site

Subject: Re: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 20:59:04 -0700

Diane Newbury wrote:

The most common and
most frustrating comment that I hear again and again is: "A good trainer can
train anything."
Or, in alternate forms, "A good seller can sell anything," or "A good writer can write about anything."

I put all of these into the subclass of half-truths that flourish because our culture seems unable to handle ambiguity or subtlety of thought. It's a half-truth because, no matter what you teach, sell, or write, there is a body of transferable skills that can help you adjust quickly to most situations. But, as I'm sure you know, it's also half a lie, because the key to all these activities is to know your subject. But people latch on to the half-truth, and nothing seems to shake their devotion to it.

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

"We'll rant and we'll roar like true British sailors,
We'll rant and we'll roar all across the salt seas,
Until we strike soundings in the channel of old England,
From Ushant to Scilly, 'tis thirty-five leagues."


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