3 obstacles to mastering the basics of writing

In certain Project Management roles, good writing skills can be helpful. For project managers, though, mastering the basics of writing is essential, as nearly all the components of performance competence rely on being able to write well.

In our experience, there are three main reasons why many people who sign up for Project Management training lack these prerequisite skills:

  1. Dyslexia or other disability (sometimes not yet recognised)
  2. Poor prior education
  3. Don’t care to get it right

Sometimes all three may be at play. If someone says, “My teachers beat me no matter how hard I tried, so now I just don’t want to deal with this anymore,” it suggests that a combination of 1 and 2 resulted in 3.

The effects of the first two (disability and poor prior education) can be ameliorated through support and training, provided that the third factor is eliminated. In other words, if you want to become a good project manager, you’d better care enough to get it right!

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Tania Melnyczuk

Director of Programme Design at ProjectManagement.co.za and the Collaboration Director of the Autistic Strategies Network.


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