[SBE] Industry retirement situation
k7cr at blarg.net
Mon Mar 17 13:01:03 EDT 2008
Dr Dave -
Like with all things that the GM does not understand...there
comes an obligation to teach and instruct. When you present
knowledge in the form that the GM knows will make him a
better manager, you are on the right track. GM's are not
(generally) technical types, nor are they likely to be ex-DJ's
or Talking-Heads or Newzies...But if they feel that learning
something about a subject will make them more effective
or benefit their bottom line...the door is open. One of our
jobs is to make the GM look better in the eyes of who
they report to. Carefully done, this can be a very rewarding
experience for both parties.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Dybas" <dd92251 at aol.com>
To: "'sbe member discussion mail list'" <sbe at sbe.org>
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 9:11 AM
Subject: Re: [SBE] Industry retirement situation
> It is one thing to be involved in the budgeting process but when all is
> and done, it's up to management, sometimes at the Corporate level, to
> approve that budget. Personally, I didn't enter into Engineering to become
> financial diplomat...learning all the personal/people skills necessary to
> persuade management to spend money on the technical necessities.
> Honestly, if I possessed all those "people" and managerial skills that
> others on this reflector suggest, and I enjoyed exercising them, I would
> financially better off in Sales or Operations.
> I think we're ignoring the 5 ton white elephant in the room, and that is
> station manager. Until station managers learn to extend themselves and
> that communications with the engineer requires effort on their part as
> we will continue to have disgruntled engineers.
> Dr. Dave
> Subject: Re: [SBE] Industry retirement situation
> Well said, Henry, I know of several situations where management
> does not let the Engineer be involved in finances, perhaps because
> the Engineer has not demonstrated his competency in that area.
> Perhaps because of the feeling that this is not - our - area. In this
> day and age, we need to acquire the skills that will permit us to
> advance and these are often skill-sets that are non-traditional.
> Clay Freinwald
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