Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wonder why people in the Navy may be afraid to write
The reason Navy writing is horrible is because many naval officers are afraid. Afraid to say what they mean and share what they think, because they might be criticized for it. Afraid to be misunderstood, to be accused of saying what they didn't mean, because they might be criticized for it. Or simply afraid to share. And because of that fear, there is no writing to be criticized, commented upon and improved. The common thought is that knowledge is power, after all. And shared knowledge = reduced power. So, keep it to yourself. Quite the opposite is true. Share your knowledge = increased power for all.
Seth Godin's advice: Just say it. SHARE IT. Say it clearly. Say it now. Say it without fear of being criticized and say it without being boring. If the goal is no feedback, then say nothing. Don't write the memo/e-mail/letter/article/note. If the goal is to communicate and share your knowledge/thinking, then say what you mean. AND PUT IT IN WRITING !!