Re: Fwd: gaining control of a dysfunctional environment?

Subject: Re: Fwd: gaining control of a dysfunctional environment?
From: Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 19:41:32 -0400

You are doing nothing wrong. The problem is not you, it's the company and
unless you own the company, it's very hard (if not impossible) to change
corporate philosophy. The bigger the company, the harder it is to change
I worked at a small company once that held the same "high" regard toward
documentation and processes. Everything was done on the fly. The argument
was by not conforming to a fixed process they could serve the customer
faster and stay ahead of the competition. I gave the company a good three
years and developed some good manuals and marketing collateral, then woke up
and decided that it was time to move on. A short time after I left, the
company folded. Although my ego would like to take credit and it would have
been nice to tell management "I told you so," the reality was this company
operated like a lot of other companies did in the "dot com" era and was
bound to fail because it couldn't get organized.
My advice is to take a good hard look at the company and what needs to be
done and the barriers you need to overcome to get it done. Don't waste time
with a company that won't listen because sooner or later you'll be looking
for work anyway. If you think you can change things, go for it. Otherwise,
get your resume out now and get this bad experience behind you.


Al Geist
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