Re: Senior vs. principal writer

Subject: Re: Senior vs. principal writer
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com, Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 16:38:11 +0200

I am familiar with many legal, accounting, and consulting
partnerships. I have never heard of anyone classed as a "principal"
who was "just below partner," however.

In all cases I am familiar with, those referred to as "principals"
were the highest on the pecking order among partners. For example, in
a partnership with a handful of individuals' names in the
partnership's formal name, the "named partners" would be classed as
principals--as would the managing partner, for example.

In a large partnership, consulting all partnership for normal
decisions is too cumbersome--so the principals are a sort of executive
committee for things that are more significant than would be tackled
by the managing partner, but less than those that must be brought
before the partnership en masse.

I'd be quite interested to hear of examples that are otherwise.


> From: Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>

> Subject: Re: Senior vs. principal writer
> It can be slightly different in a consulting company that provides
> consulting services. A "principal" anything is akin to a position just below
> "partner" as in a financial services or law firm. Principals are usually
> very senior people who manage others and also manage projects.
> Interesting, isn't it, how different the title can be in different
> organizations. Of course, as many titles as there are for a "regular"
> technical communicator, uh, writer, uh documentation specialist, uh,
> information developer...well you see what I mean.
> PT

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