This article, “Bad Managers Talk, Good Managers Write,” made me smile more widely than anything I’ve read recently on the subject of writing.
The three quotes below from the article demonstrate what I’ve believed for a long time.
- Writing is so much more than a skill set.
- It’s a mindset.
- Writing is so much more than communication.
- It’s clear thinking.
Well, good writing is anyway.
Reports are more a medium of self-discipline than a way to communicate information.
Andy Grove, Intel
There is no way to write a six-page, narratively structured memo and not have clear thinking.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon
Many people can pretend to be something they’re not in person, but very few people can do so in writing.
Phil Libin, Evernote
There’s a lot more to this. I’m going to let it marinate for now.