Saturday, April 28, 2007

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(Thanks to Kathleen for noticing this first.)


  1. Huzzah! An excellent post sir!

    I am for the most part self taught and this "moo, train me, moo" mentality of many of my peers is, well, sometimes strange to me.

    But, they do have a point. It does seem somehow disingenuous that The Company is more than ready for me to sacrifice my time (not to mention my families time) "training myself" when it doesn't seem that the company is making a similar sacrifice. No, falling profits et. al. is not the same thing.

    Also, staying up all night in the darkroom is great when your first class is at 10:00 am and there's cold pizza in the fridge (man, does that bring back memories). Not so much when you have to help the kids with homework and the car needs a tuneup.

    Hmmm, perhaps I'm Caught in the Contradiction too, no?


  2. No way I mean this to suggest the company shouldn't invest in training. Our industry has never done enough, and today's contradiction between tight cash and unprecedented need is particularly acute. We need more.

  3. Anonymous5:21 AM

    One of the comments at the Multimedia Shooter site explains alot:
    "Everyone is waiting for me to them how to use the cameras, how to make edits in Movie Maker, write documentation, show them how to plug in a friggin USB cable, etc.
    I’ve taught myself how to use Excel, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Quark, etc. I even figured out how to use the Mac that runs on OSX. I’ll teach myself Movie Maker next. Why can’t they do it?"

    This helps me understand those technically proficient people who seem reluctant to share knowledge. They've spent their own time, thank you, learning stuff, and they're not going to give it away for free. The thought that follows: Training resources should go to those who will share. Reward those people. Otherwise, someone else will.

  4. Well, what I find discouraging at times (both in myself and The Company) is making suggestions, and getting "We'll get back to you on that."

    Wait two weeks.

    "Hey, what about Idea N"

    "We're still working that out."

    Wait two weeks.

    "Hey, what about Ideas N..N+2?"

    "We're still working on figuring something out."

    Meanwhile, I stand still since I'm waiting for approval that never comes rather than simply come up with a concept demo.

    Rather than simply talk about how great it is to have ideas and how thinking different(ly) will change the business, it seems we (individuals and the company) miss the follow-through. Not all of us, thankfully, but more of us than is healthy.