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Promoting Technical Writers to Management: Getting it Right 

29th July 2011 Posted in Blog, Management, Technical Writers 2 Comments

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Technical writers, as a group, communicate extremely well. They’re also used to working with diverse groups and negotiating to achieve their objectives to keep everyone satisfied and projects on schedule. So, it would seem, technical communicators such as technical writers would make very good managerial candidates.

However, as is often obvious only after the fact, not everyone is suited for management. Some perform better as individual contributors while others are great mentors. In fact, most organizations don’t really consider the difference between mentorship and management, as discussed in Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adil Wali’s piece, Mentorship vs Management — Solving the Problem.

Unfortunately, many technical writers and other communicators who move up into management have had little to no management training, yet they’re expected to be successful quickly. This timeless article by Jessica Erber-Stark looks at how managers can best identify the right management candidates and how best to invest the time and effort to train them to succeed in their new roles.

Read: Training Technical Communicators for Management ===>

Related topics:
Making the Transition from Technical Writer to Manager
Wearer of Many Hats: One Management Style Does Not Fit All

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2 Comments

  1. By Eric Timmison 17th, August 2011 at 3:45 pm

    You wrote: Unfortunately, many technical writers and other communicators who move up into management have had little to no management training, yet they’re expected to be successful quickly

    How true that is! It has been my privilege to work with the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE.org to develop a training workshop, Managing Engineering and Technical professionals
    [ http://www.sae.org/pdevent/C0608 ].

    The design is specifically for Engineers and Technical professionals who are either recently promoted into a management position, or have some experience as a manager but would like to learn how to become more effective.

    This is a very well received public workshop, three times each year, and can be conducted privately for larger companies.

  2. By editoron 17th, August 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Eric:
    Thanks for stopping in and letting us know about the workshop.

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