I coined the term management overhead when I was working in a highly politicized environment. VP level management became obstructions to productivity. In some cases, I was on project teams where VPs and directors outnumbered the people who could do the work. Here’s what I like to call the 5 deadly sins of management overhead:Continue reading “The 5 deadly sins of management overhead”
My local area enters phase 2 of reopening tomorrow which feels good. It’ll feel good to go back to my gym and be able to get out more.
While my job will remain primarily home-based, it’ll be nice to go out to lunch and to get a long-overdue haircut. It also means I’m going on vacation later this summer and be able to put my feet in the sand, eat crabcakes, and repeat.Continue reading “Hey there, phase 2 I see you”
I wrote a post entitled Confessions of a dyslexic technical writer about how I use my dyslexia as an advantage as a writer. The post still draws some feedback from other adult dyslexics.
Here are some other confessions I’d add to the post if I wrote it today:
I work in an industry that’s hungry to have their VPs, directors, and senior technical staff to become thought leaders. Informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality and know and show how to replicate their success. For their writers not so much…Continue reading “Is there a thought leadership double standard for writers?”
I took an interest in editorial reviews early in my career. That interest drove me to become a technical reviewer in the computer book industry for several years. I’m not sure they even have that role anymore. At the least publishers may not pay for that review anymore. Sitting through curt and incomplete document reviews made me take those extra steps because there had to be a better way.
Fast forward to today, I’m a stickler for kindness in the editorial review cycle:Continue reading “In defense of kindness in the editorial review cycle”