The ‘Big Picture’ about Managing Writing

Yet another awesome summary by Maria…

Writing requires a clear sense of direction. The supervisor needs to manage for clarity, time and fear.

The essence of management is

  • treating workers well,
  • providing useful feedback,
  • social support, and
  • the room for self-determination

Professionals often treat what they do as an entirely intellectual process and try to ignore the emotional component. Denying the validity of emotions opens the way of overlooking the need of social support and the need of self-determination. Students need to be free to make mistakes to learn from those!

Primary purpose of writing is to crystallize original ideas and to nail them down in a form that others can understand and appreciate. Degrees, tenure and promotion are by-products.

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