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Rick Lippincott describes an all too familiar game plan. From my
experience it stems from two primary mind-sets. First, the old "divide
and conquer" theory. Second, the "my priorities are the only important
ones." It happened where I work and the results were a fracturing of the
original group for the good of some other team(s). Now, everyone is
doing there thing. Original focus for advancement of the department is
all but lost.
My advice, do whatever you can to continue your connections to each
other. Even if it means getting together after work to discuss mutual
concerns, and keep abreast of mutual issues.
Technical writing, like other specialized fields, is being forced to
give up its specialized status and be distilled into composite teams
where individual excellence turns into group mediocrity. I have seen
instances where knowledgeable veterans are told how to do their job by
"team members" who barely made it out of high school.
Do what you can to stay focused. Promote your craft. Stay abreast, and
keep the resume up to date.
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