"Good leadership is not measured by the awards, attainments, and recognition that your organization received during your administration but on how well they will do after you have left."~Noblesse Key
I think most of you will agree with me. It is no longer a surprise to care what will happen to the publication when I leave. The publication has once experienced a tremendous quandary when the former EIC has left the publication without even orienting the next EIC. The result was drastic, the publication was in chaos, staffers are fighting, irresponsibility was everywhere which has led to loss of our three DSLR cameras. Worst, our EIC back then had quit. I lost a friend and gained an enemy because of that.
On a related account, lay-outing has never been easy. But for me it is.Aside from being the EIC, I've been lay-outing the school paper for more or less two years. I can make a lay-out of a four page issue in a maximum of two hours. Well of course, that goes with no interruptions. It puzzles me why the previous lay-out artists take weeks before they could present a lay-out. Am I just too fast or they are just too lazy. Until this time, I still don't know the answer. However, one thing is for sure, I could have been a better EIC if I was just the EIC.
But this post is not about me, and how hard working and talented I am. But to my two successors in the publication. I have trained two lay-out artists and hopefully they can level with my performance if not exceed it. I am actually nervous since if they won't do good next year that will directly boomerang at me as their mentor.
Let us start with John Rio or "Rio" as what I call him. This kid had shown great potential since I have seen him give interest on learning how to lay-out. Also, he is hard working and easy to teach. Well, there's no problem with him when it comes to work while I'm around. But I have observed that he is quite lax when I'm not supervising.
He works very fast that sometimes he forgets some bits and pieces in the lay-out which is quite noticeable. I just hope that he'll learn to move on his own without my eyes watching. I just hope that the mouse will play when the cat is away.
Next would be Leonil Dayado or "Leo" for short. I have seen a talent in lay-outing. He catches instruction quite well. He has an eye for errors and easy to command. However, the problem arises when I have observed that he is quite the procrastinator just like some of the other staffers in the publication. That quality of a person is really troublesome.
In a weekly publication, everyone should be fast and efficient. This kid is quite easily lured into temptations. He cannot focus on his work and needs to be guarded. He is quite the opposite of the latter when it comes to performance.
The other one is a rabbit and the other one is a turtle. On the contrary, these two kids' journey has just started. I'm sure they will learn more and improve their craft. Well, that's what I hope and all that I can do now. Being an EIC is hard but anticipating what will happen to your beloved publication is quite a pain in neck.
PS Give all you've got and TN will give all it has. Good luck my students.