Re: Non-TW supervisor

Subject: Re: Non-TW supervisor
From: "Suzette Leeming" <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com" <arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 11:25:38 -0400

What a coincidence... you must know my manager! She's what I call a
techno-retard. I find it extremely frustrating to communicate with her. I
also find it a bit perplexing that my performance is being evaluated by
someone who hasn't got the foggiest idea of my environment, and lacks an
appreciation of good documentation. She also lacks a management background.
In my recent review, she actually told me "I'm sure there's a lot of
technical writers out there that are better than you". I never said I was
the best, but now I feel like compiling a list of names and phone numbers of
techwriters whom I know are better than me. I'm sure they make more than me
as well.

I don't have the patience (nor do I feel I should) to "train" her. Others
in the company are appreciative of my efforts (I go out of my way to help
anyone/everyone). She's a thorn in my side that I endeavour to work around.
Works so far.

My previous manager lacked a tech comm background as well, but was very
technically savvy and easy to communicate and work with. I think the
personality/technical aptitude of the manager is more important than an tech
comm background.

On 5/9/06, arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com <arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com> wrote:

Fellow Whirlers,

As an informal poll, I'm curious how many employees (as opposed to
contractors and self-employed) have/had supervisors with no tech comm
background? How do you feel about this? What advantages and
disadvantages does this have? How do you inform and 'train' supervisors
without confusing or overwhelming them? What if that supervisor also
lacks a management background?

Thanks for participating! Feel free to reply off-list.


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