Those of us writers who are talented and understood the dynamics of the game of organizational life had plenty of opportunities to leave all that and be a manager or even an executive. One public relations agency I was on retainer to invited to train me to be a full-service account executive. I agreed to pitch in on strategic planning but not in providing the whole menu of service.
Most of us didn't regret not taking up those offers until there was a severe glut of us. If we survived that shock and retrofitted ourselves as writers for the new realities we probably still don't have many regrets. In addition, that brutal ordeal of self doubt made us more sensitive to what we could be doing to help our clients. You bet, I am more in a partnership with the clients I do ghostwriting and scriptwriting for.
But there are days, like today, when we bump into articles like the one in FORTUNE about the most powerful women. At the top is Ginni Rometly, president and chief executive officer at IBM. We women wonder if we could do the job. Then we realize quickly enough that we probably wouldn't be happy doing what she has to do to do that job. It exhausts me just considering it.
We writers stayed as writers because we knew we could do this well and not be destroyed in the process. If we are fortunate enough to run our own shops we can even choose those we will work with and under what terms and conditions.
Business is brisk right now and fulfilling. I might change my tune if the story turns negative as it had a few years ago.