Category Archives: Office Politics

Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit Part 2

This is a follow-up riff to last week’s post about how the tech writer’s perspective on an industry changes depending on which company they work for. Today I’ll bring that down to a more local level. It is also true … Continue reading

Posted in clients, management, Office Politics, technical writing, Technology, workplace | Leave a comment

Soft Skills: Reading Between the Lines

“Reading between the lines” sounds like a straightforward skill, but if you grew up with a very literal brain, as I did, it sometimes takes years before you get this skill working for you. I’ll take a shot at explaining … Continue reading

Posted in audience, management, Office Politics, philosophy, presentations, technical writing, workplace | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

7 Things to Work on As an Adult

Occasionally I’ll see a meme posted by one of my 50-something friends about what sorts of skills they wish young people “should be taught in high school” or the equivalent. Today I’ll take a shot at my answer, keeping a … Continue reading

Posted in careers, clients, management, Office Politics, peers, personal, Technology, workplace | Leave a comment

Evony and Thinking About the Workplace

My mobile game playing continues. I’ve had my ups and downs with the online Dungeons & Dragons-type game, Evony, but have made steady progress in building my city from level 1 up to level 18 (out of a possible 35, … Continue reading

Posted in Office Politics, peers, personal, philosophy, Technology, workplace | Leave a comment

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

I dropped out of my reporting job at Spaceflight Insider (SFI) three years ago–not because of any wrongdoing, but because my various freelance contracts in the aerospace business were starting to interfere with my ability to write stories for SFI. I … Continue reading

Posted in business writing, careers, clients, engineering, freelancing, management, Office Politics, personal, proposal writing, technical writing, workplace | Leave a comment