Is Reading Affecting Your Writing?

I’m halfway through a business writing seminar and I’m seeing participants who are having problems writing because they’re not reading correctly. One particular e-mail exercise seems to cause grief for participants. The facts are laid out and include a couple of suggestions. Individuals and groups get confused with the information. They seem to get confused for two reasons.

  1. They don’t take the time to clarify the information that’s in front of them. They’re given time and several suggestions about pre-writing and brainstorming. Still they miss obvious points they could include in their e-mail.
  2. They don’t think from the reader’s point of view. Writing is only effective if you think from the reader’s point of view. That’s who you want to take action.

Out of six groups who wrote an e-mail, only two included all the information available to them. The others got sidetracked by logistics as it related to them as writers, rather than focusing on the action they want the reader to take.

All of us have probably had individuals reply and ask for clarification when we written to them. Drop a comment as to how you deal with such a situation.

Garth Roberts             www.garthroberts.com

Would Whistleblowers Have Helped Avert the 2009 Financial Meltdown?

Why do we call someone who follows their ethics, a whistleblower? Let’s look at the situation. You witness an act you judge as wrong — again and again. Enough! You speak out. If you’re speaking out gets someone in trouble, especially if it’s in politics or the executive level, you’re branded a whistleblower. Regardless of the infraction, in our society, the person who points out incompetent or unethical behavior is branded a whistleblower. When was the last time being a whistleblower was considered positive?

In all the financial institutions and related business that contributed to the 2009 melt down, there must’ve been some people who saw the crisis taking hold. If they had known there was a resource for whistleblowers, do you think they might have come forward? If they had been leaders instead of managers, would they have come forward? Leaders are prepared to go against the grain and suffer the consequences of honesty and integrity, as lonely as the journey may be!

Would you have come forward?

Garth Roberts                 www.garthroberts.com