A writing gap in the workplace

Top candidates from business schools fail to grasp the concept of storytelling; employers are not pleased. Plus, ‘graffiti writers,’ inspirational mementos, and more.

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“It’s amazing, the frequent disconnect,” he said. “These are people who all did the very best at the best schools, probably since preschool, but they really have not developed their writing skills to the degree that they would have to succeed in this organization.”

Business schools are taking notice of the trend, too, often employing writing instructors. As mobile devices and laptops become an even more central part of our lives, I would bet this focus on writing in business will grow. Writing on the wall: If you Google “writing” as I often do looking for stories and ideas about writing, you’ll almost always run into a story with some version of “Writing’s on the wall” as a headline. For this story, it’s actually appropriate. A graffiti exhibit at Red Bull Studios in New York is called “Write of Passage.” The title is telling. Those who make graffiti claim to write graffiti—not paint it or design it. By some of its early pioneers, graffiti is not considered street art, but more of a language:

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