Don't Anesthetize Your Colleagues with Bad Writing

Harvard Business Review

And remember what George Washington said when questioned about the fallen cherry tree: not "It was accomplished by utilizing a small, sharp-edged implement," but "I used my little hatchet.". But if you develop a strong habit of using active voice, you'll largely prevent convoluted, backward-sounding sentences in your writing. It may be convenient to refer to COGS instead of spelling out "cost of goods sold."

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