Is E-Mail Creating a Nation of Bad Writers?

My theory has long been that the replacement of the telephone and face-to-face meetings by e-mail has increased the average American’s writing skills considerably, especially in business. Reason: in the good old days, managers wrote few letters, because so much labor was involved. Most didn’t keyboard, so they either wrote by hand or dictated. The

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Bly’s Theory of Blogging

I am obsessed with not wasting time and being as productive as I can. After all, my income is directly linked to my ability to produce quality work at a rapid rate. This November will mark the 3-year anniversary of the launch of this blog, and the experience has led me to Bly’s Theory of

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Grow Old Along With Me

A poet once wrote: “Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be.” Not in today’s business culture. When I entered the corporate workforce in the late 1970s, young kids just out of college — like me — were at the bottom of the food chain. The top was dominated by gray-haired managers

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Show Me the Money

Walked into the CVS in back of my office to pick up today’s paper, as I often do. But when I tried to walk out after plunking my two quarters next to the register, the sales clerk told me: “Stop!” “Why?” I asked. “I have to scan the paper,” she told me, explaining that it

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Is Taurus Full of Bull?

A recent radio spot for Ford Taurus focuses on safety. It says that just as you wear a bicycle helmet to ride your bike safely, you need a car built for safety — like Taurus — to drive safely. In the spot, when a child wants to ride his bike sans helmet, the father tells

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Are You Impressed by Lexus?

A recent radio commercial for Lexus says, “What do people think when they see you driving a Lexus? For one thing, they see you as successful.” But do they really? Almost everybody leases their cars today. So you don’t need a lot of money to drive Lexus, BMW, or Mercedes. One selling point of luxury

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