Re: Non-TW supervisor
>As I mentioned in another post, I have recently become the manager of
> There are good supervisors and bad ones. From my experience, it has
> little to do whether they have a tech communication background or not.
> Incidentally, the bad ones with a TC background are usually a lot
> worse than the bad ones without.
>Dana Worley wrote:
>(Software Support). I have no prior management skills; heck, I don't even
>formal technical writing training but I have been doing it for 15 years.
>So here I am, a non-experienced manager with a tech writing background. I
>Edwin's worst nightmare ;)
Let me make this clearer if possible. A good manager is a catalyst, who
helps you attain optimum productivity as efficiently as possible. A bad
manager is a productivity retardant (I hope that's a legit word), who
introduces inneficiencies, hurdles, and bottlenecks.
Some very experienced managers can still be bad ones. They just get better
at defending their inadequacies. Some inexperienced managers can be really
great supervisors. And yes, training helps, but skills and information only
matter when there is the inherent talent to implement them wisely.
Being a good manager is about making wise choices - not smart, popular, or
the latest thing in management theory.
Then again, our definition of who's a good person is derived largely from a
projection (real or unreal) of our own personality.
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