Communication: Grammar

Kyle Wiens blogged in the Harvard Business Review an essay on the proper use of grammar in writing. Her essay,”I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.” she postulates that “grammar is relevant for all companies” and the use of “good grammar makes good business sense.”

Leaders should be clear and concise in their communication. In this digital age, when communication is done digitally, more often poor communication can come back and be detrimental to the leader and her/his organization. Digital texts and audio and video recording record every utterance of a leader.

The intelligence, both intellect and emotional, can be demonstrated by an individual’s manner, style, and tenor to communication. A quote attributed to Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, “It is better to be thought a fool than to open you mouth and remove all doubt,” brings to consideration, a leader should spend more time listening and when she/he does speak or write, it should be done with proper grammar and message.

Here are a few of links to free online grammar course:

English Grammar 101:


English Grammar 4 You Online:

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How Will You Manage?

The following video presentation provides an interesting overview of issues that leaders and managers of the 21st century will need to be prepared to address.

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What Leaders Really Do

In John Kotter’s, article in the Harvard Business Review, “What Leaders Really Do,” he sets about defining the differences between leadership and management and their inter-dependence and inter-relationship. He states,

“Leadership is different from management, but not for the reasons most people think. Leadership isn’t mystical and mysterious. It has nothing to do with having “charisma” or other exotic personality traits. It is not the province of a chosen few. Nor is leadership necessarily better than management or a replacement for it.

Rather, leadership and management are two distinctive and complementary systems of action. Each has its own function and characteristic activities. Both are necessary for success in an increasingly complex and volatile business environment.”

He further states that management is about coping with complexity while leadership is about coping with change. Managers make things work while leaders look for the next thing.

This is a link to Mr. Kotter’s full article from the Harvard Business Review.


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What Would Google Do?

The following is a presentation by Jeff Jarvis, the author of What Would Google Do?, providing a summary of his landmark book. Following this presentation is a brief slide show overview of this book.
To quote the description attached to Mr. Jarvis’ YouTube video, “In a book that’s one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google—the fastest-growing company in history—to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by. At the same time, he illuminates the new worldview of the internet generation: how it challenges and destroys, but also opens up vast new opportunities. His findings are counterintuitive, imaginative, practical, and above all visionary, giving readers a glimpse of how everyone and everything—from corporations to governments, nations to individuals—must evolve in the Google era.”
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Shift Happens – Did You Know?

I thought that the information in this brief video was an interesting commentary on the work we have to do to bring our country back to its position of strength and innovation. Change requires leadership.Who will lead and who will follow? As Gandhi stated, “Be the change you want to see.”

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That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World

This is a link to a video in which Michael Mandelbaum and Thomas Friedman share their book: That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. 

The video runs for about 90 minutes. It is a thought provoking education into how we need to make some significant changes in the United States to provide a strong and growing country. This book is a must read for leaders.


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How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”

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