Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: Collin Turner <straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 15:07:57 -0700

Collin Turner wrote:
> Oh, it was great! I was getting paid very well. The job was a blast until I
> was kidnapped by a notorious manager who chewed through TW's like a
> play-ground bully through bubblegum. Once she started in with the lines "You
> don't know what the h*ll you're doing and I have no confidence in you."

Colin--

Maybe my immaturity is showing, but I can't imagine that this was a
calm, rational conversation. It reminds me of managers who trot out
horrendous performance reviews as some littler matter of fact--it is
done so passively, but the naked aggression is unmistakeable. I picture
some sort of browbeating, maybe calculated to unnerve you and make you
do or say something that she could cast as a firing offense.

There's no question in my mind that I'd rather swallow bugs than be
talked to that way. Saying so, eyeball to eyeball, would give me and my
inner serpent, all coiled and ready to strike, some satisfaction.

But it would be a mistake to even acknowledge the insult. That manager
apparently had demons of her own, and acknowledging them would probably
encourage her to act out more. Ignoring them might shut them down, and
that would be a good thing.

Still, if your job at that point was untenable, it might have been
interesting to turn the tables and fan the flames, and see how far she
would go off her rocker. She sounds so nutty that you might witness
really unacceptable stuff. How cool would that have been? But unwinding
the confrontation in the workplace would certainly have meant trouble
for you.

Good to see you had your act together and that you documented the
encounter(s) in multimedia. Nice work, I'd say your dues are up to date
and paid in full.

Regards and good luck,

Ned Bedinger
doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Eric J. Ray
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Rob Hudson
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Laura Lemay
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Laura Lemay
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Collin Turner
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Bill Swallow
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Collin Turner

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