RE: Drafts Back in Time

Subject: RE: Drafts Back in Time
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 12:18:58 -0600

Rather than veering off into guess-the-gender-of-the-name land, I'm
curious. Have those of you who proclaim yourself bitchy (or all business,
or take no prisoners, or any other not-worried-about-being-liked approach)
found it to be the most effective way to get results? Have you also tried
the nice/happy/chatty approach? This question applies to both genders.

I'm not attacking the bitchy approach, but genuinely interested.
Particularly with younger workers (me being a FOG*), I've found I need to
sugarcoat the hell out of everything, and that if I get stern I just scare
or anger people, without any improved results.

I am a firm believer in playing to your strengths, and for my own purposes
I frequently use my somewhat irreverent approach to life as an icebreaker,
a tactic that has a fairly high success ratio. So maybe for some of you
the stern thing is a powerful tactic. I'm just surprised, because I'm
seeing less and less of that approach, particularly in tech writing, which
often seems to favor the subservient.

Personally, I've found that the more people like me, the better
cooperation I get from them. But I draw the line at showing my boobs. Er,
my *pecs*. Yeah, that's what they are.

Keith Cronin
*(fat old guy)


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