A recent article posted on Linked In by Walter Chen, co-founder of iDone This brings home a point that we at ExIm English emphasize in our high-level English tutoring. The post is entitled “The Dullest, Most Vital Skill You Need to Become a Successful Manager.” Essentially, what Mr. Chen is talking about is the ability to write; and not just write, but the ability to write clear, concise, and coherent narratives. And for the clients of ExIm English, we focus on translating their ability to write well in their native language, to being able to construct clear, concise, and coherent written communication in English.
Mr. Chen illustrates his point by quoting three top executives on the skill of writing. Keep in mind that the statements made by these highly successful executives presuppose a person’s ability to write clearly, concisely, and coherently:
- “There is no way to write a six-page, narratively structured memo and not have clear thinking.” – Jeff Bezos, Amazon
- “Written communication to engineering is superior (to verbal communication) because it is more consistent across an entire product team; it is more lasting; (and) it raises accountability.” – Ben Horowitz, Andreesen Horowitz
- “Reports are more of a medium of self-discipline than a way to communicate information.” – Andy Grove, Intel
Accountability, coherence of thought and planning, and commitment to vision and mission are amazing benefits of what too many consider a ho-hum, even old-fashioned, tool. In fact, Jeff Bezos values writing over talking to such an extreme that in Amazon senior executive meetings, “before any conversation or discussion begins, everyone sits for 30 minutes in total silence, carefully reading six-page printed memos.”
Overkill, you might ask. Not to Jeff Bezos. And while his style is certainly unique, his emphasis on the ability to write clearly, concisely, and coherently is not.
If you are a leader in your company or in your field of endeavor, and your writing skills in the English language need improvement, contact ExIm English for an evaluation and a plan of action to correct this deficiency. If your overall English skills need improvement, you might begin by going to our Country Flags page, select your native language by selecting the flag that best represents it, and then navigate to the Contact Us page in your language.
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- Stephen Costanzo, Managing Partner.