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Subject:Re: Difference between editor and manager From:Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 10 Jan 1996 18:37:05 -0800
>George Allaman replies:
> I don't think managers should ever fancy
>themselves mentors. Since the manager's job is to judge the employee and
>their work, a healthy mentoring relationship is impossible. For instance:
>I'm much less likely to display my ignorance if it might affect my chances
>for a raise or promotion. But it needs to be displayed so that I can learn.
What an odd concept. The job of a manager is to get work done through
others; sitting in judgement is neither here nor there. (To the
extent that it's imposed by corporate performance-evaluation requirements,
many of us cheat with a clear conscience, giving high marks to
all and sundry as a way of preventing the idiotic bureaucratic
process from infuriating the staff any more than necessary.) Also, as
writers, we have little opportunity to hide our ignorance; our
writing reveals all.
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