Monthly Archives: August 2014

Writing clearly, saying it simply

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Window cleaning 2I recently received an email that demonstrated to me why writing clearly is a neglected skill set. An executive at the corporation where I work sent it, and it opened with these two paragraphs:

Organizational Announcement

“As we set our sights on the future and begin to transform our industry, it is essential that we have the right talent in place to drive growth and business success.

“For the past several months, my team and I have focused on long-term success planning and talent development. As part of those discussions, Ebenezer Geezer, the West Region president, informed me of his intention to retire at the end of this year.”

Wow, that’s a lot of lead-in before we get to point: Ebenezer Geezer is retiring. I, along with thousands of others in offices and cubicles across the U.S., got this email in the middle of a busy workday. How many actually read to the last sentence of the second paragraph? Did you?

I think the email should have been written more like this:

Organizational Announcement

“West Region President Ebenezer Geezer is planning to retire at the end of this year. We will greatly miss Ebenezer and his talent for cost cutting. My team and I, however, have a plan to make the transition to a new West Region president as smooth as butter. So, no worries, folks! This change won’t affect our profits or, most importantly, your jobs. So, keep working!” Continue reading Writing clearly, saying it simply

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Waiting for inspiration? The science behind creativity

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The page you’ve been staring at has been blank for an hour. Now, the cold fingers of self-doubt are starting to climb the back of your neck, and you begin to despair: “If I was truly creative, this page would be filled by now!”

Like Mom placing a bowl of hot goulash on your desk and a reassuring arm around your shoulders, I’m here to tell you, “Don’t worry so much!” You ARE a creative person, and if you give yourself a chance, that blank page will get filled.

Creativity as a habit

First of all, researchers believe that all human beings are naturally creative, and there is no conclusive evidence that some people are inherently more creative than others. Instead, it seems that creativity is actually more a habit than a trait. Continue reading Waiting for inspiration? The science behind creativity

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