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Leadership Development Program

Good Business Writing Style

Kent, D. (2002). Sharpening your writing skills: A workshop for business and technical writers. Vancouver, BC: Duncan Kent & Associates. Retrieved from


* over-the-top style
* legalese
* bureaucratic style
* excessive courtesy
* abbreviated scientific style
* plain English
* tone
* styleguides

Quick & Painless Business Writing

Tap Dancing to Work

Loomis, C., & Buffett, W. (2012). Tap dancing to work: Warren Buffett on practically everything, 1966-2012 : a Fortune magazine book. New York: Portfolio/Penguin. [Reserve from OhioLINK]

Just a Regular Billionaire

"Warren Buffett is the third richest man in the world, yet lives a relatively humble life. Rebecca Jarvis reports on Omaha's least-conspicuous billionaire."

From CBS Sunday Morning, Jan. 20, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Shareholder Letters

"Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Berkshire Hathaway engages in a number of business activities, including: property and casualty insurance and reinsurance; railroad, which operate railroad systems in North America through BNSF Railway Company; utilities and energy, particularly regulated electric and gas utility, including power generation and distribution activities; finance, which include proprietary investing, manufactured housing and related consumer financing, transportation equipment leasing and furniture leasing; and manufacturing, service and retailing businesses including wholesale distribution and logistics services, and manufacturers of clothing and footwear."

~ From Mergent Online, Jan. 18, 2013

Shareholder letters: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, more

Manager's Guide to Business Writing

"Whether it’s a quick e-mail or a 20-page report, your writing is a reflection of you—and people will make judgments accordingly. Manager’s Guide to Business Writing provides everything you need to give colleagues, customers, and other stakeholders the most information accurately and quickly. Learn how to express yourself as a serious professional by writing everything with clarity, quality, and decisiveness."

Sparks, F. G. S. (2011). Manager's Guide to Business Writing 2/E. McGraw-Hill Companies, The. [reserve]

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