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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.". When you write e-mails, reports, letters, and other documents, here's how to keep your readers alert and responsive: Use personal pronouns skillfully. This guideline is hardly absolute — sometimes passive voice is the most natural way to say what you're saying.

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