Re: Non-TW supervisor

Subject: Re: Non-TW supervisor
From: "Edwin Skau" <eddy -dot- skau -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 10:55:36 +0530

Edwin Skau wrote:

> 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:

>As I mentioned in another post, I have recently become the manager of
our group

>(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.


WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!.

Doc-To-Help includes a one-click RoboHelp project converter. It's that easy. Watch the demo at

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-
To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

RE: Non-TW supervisor: From: Joe Malin
Re: Non-TW supervisor: From: Edwin Skau
Re: Non-TW supervisor: From: Dana Worley

Previous by Author: Re: visio
Next by Author: Re: Living documents?
Previous by Thread: RE: Non-TW supervisor
Next by Thread: RE: Non-TW supervisor

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads