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Management article
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Reference no. 73111
Authors: Marvin H Swift
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1973

Abstract

The general manager of a corporation circulates a memo advising his employees on company policy about copier use. He carefully revises his original memo and in the process crystallizes his own thinking on the issue. Writing well and thinking well are interrelated. Because rewriting demands objectivity, an ability to separate essential from nonessential ideas, and a willingness to locate and correct contradictions, it provides the key to improved thinking.

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Abstract

The general manager of a corporation circulates a memo advising his employees on company policy about copier use. He carefully revises his original memo and in the process crystallizes his own thinking on the issue. Writing well and thinking well are interrelated. Because rewriting demands objectivity, an ability to separate essential from nonessential ideas, and a willingness to locate and correct contradictions, it provides the key to improved thinking.

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