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Johanna Rothman

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I provide frank advice for your tough problems in my non-fiction. I write about tough, smart women in my fiction. My heroines have more guts than I do...

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I consult, speak, and write on managing high-technology product development. I've helped managers, teams, and organizations to become more effective by applying my pragmatic approaches to their issues of hiring, project management, risk management, and people management. I write a monthly email newsletter, the Pragmatic Manager. Please review back issues and sign yourself up.

I'm known for my wacko sense of humor and frank approach. My clients appreciate both!

I blog at Managing Product Development, Hiring Technical People, and Create an Adaptable Life. Please do jo
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Writing Secret 3: Choose When to Use Passive Voice

Most of us writers start with bad advice, to write “formally.” We're not supposed to talk to the reader. Or, we're supposed to avoid stories.

Worse, we're supposed to use passive voice.

That leads us to write like this:

will be missed.Your work is appreciated.This work needs to be undertaken.

Here's what's common in all of those sentences: All of them are “backwards” because we don't know who's speak

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“Budgets may count Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs), but great teams count on people.”
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“Create an opening to deliver feedback. Describe the behavior or result in a way that the person can hear. State the impact using “I” language. Make a request for continued or changed behavior.”
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