New Manager: What are the first activities you should do?

I recently received an email which asked: Since my career seems to be following a path broadly similar to yours … I’d love to know what your experience was and any lessons learned. Specifically Mark, who sent the email, asked a few questions: How do you take over as manager for a group of technical writers? How do you get better management buy-in (promise cheaper or faster docs?)? What are the first activities you should do (content audit, benchmarking?)? How soon is *not* too soon to start changing things? I’ll break each question out into a new post, so without further ado, onto question #3. What are the first activities you should do (content audit, benchmarking?)? First things first, make …

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X-ercise

Uncle’s birthday, drinks, dinner, games – nice relaxed family Sunday. Also got a plant they don’t want any more, 4ft tall fig type thing, quite nice. Watched X-Men at friends last night, forgotten how good it was, think I’ll dig out some more of Bryan Singers stuff. Also caught up with an old friend (literally…tee hee) that we haven’t seen since 1999. Scary. Made personal promise to myself, to keep in touch more. Need to remember that my life is more than my work and immediate family (I do know this, just keep forgetting it…). Just realising why my legs and arms are sore. Visited the gym the on Friday, testing out a gammy knee to see if it will …

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