Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler

Subject: Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 09:31:32 -0400

> Frankly, TechCom certification as discussed doesn't pertain to
> anything I do either. However, I am rather disappointed at the
> immediately negative reaction to the concept during its formative
> stage. I see this as a prime opportunity for those of us who couldn't
> be certified based on typical standards to drive the process to better
> serve the industry. Maybe then we can provide proper value.

It's easier to blindly bitch. That's what we seem to like to do most.

> I don't know enough PMPs, but I have ridiculed my fair share of MBAs.
> Unfortunately, their programs are already in full swing; it's
> impossible to change the mindset that developed them. The STC
> certification process is just getting off the ground, so management
> types and senior writers should put forth their ideas for what common
> skills their coworkers should have before they start. We need to get
> beyond "Know Your Audience" and into the deeper issues that truly add
> value to an organization.

You're going to find morons everywhere. They hold PMPs, MBAs, PhDs,
MDs... By the arguments some are making here, any kind of achievement
that comes with a title or resignation isn't worth it because there
are some idiots out there who somehow also get one.

> I'm not an STC clone and have done my fair share of STC bashing:
> usually aimed at the staff who don't have the faintest understanding
> of the needs of our global membership. Some I've thought to not have
> the required skills even to do the jobs for which they were hired.
> But, I see the benefits in a global organization that connects (if not
> oversees) people who share a passion for the same profession, and I
> have been encouraged by some of the activities they have undertaken to
> increase our relevance.

I'm with you there. I'm also seeing improvement, which is something
those who left in disgust years ago (and I don't blame you, because
STC certainly was in the crapper back then) don't see. It might
explain some of the blind opposition (really, at least do your
homework before bashing the idea). Or it could very plainly be that we
love to bitch. We have a history of doing it quite well.

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References:
RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Sharon Burton
RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Keith Hood
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Wade Courtney
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Suzette Leeming
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Mike Starr
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Suzette Leeming
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Deborah Hemstreet
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Wade Courtney
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Bill Swallow
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Wade Courtney
RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Fred Ridder
RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Connie Giordano
Re: Certification: Ernest and Scribbler: From: Tony Chung

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