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Opinion | The Whistle-Blower’s Guide to Writing
Sept. 27, 2019 | The New York Times | By Jane Rosenzweig. Ms. Rosenzweig is the director of the Writing Center at Harvard.
active_voice  best_of  brevity  clarity  complaints  concision  focus  high-quality  howto  impeachment  intelligence_analysts  memoranda  persuasion  presentations  purpose  self-organization  topic_sentences  writing  whistleblowing 
september 2019 by jerryking
What Is the President’s Daily Brief? - The New York Times

The President’s Daily Brief is a summary of high-level intelligence and analysis about global hot spots and national security threats written by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. While the intelligence community produces many reports and assessments, the P.D.B. is written specifically for the president and his top advisers....The intelligence community tailors the P.D.B. to each president’s interests and style of absorbing information. At times, the briefing has included a “deep dive” into a specific question that a president may have asked or information that briefers believed he needed to know, such as the early August 2001 briefing Mr. Bush received at his Texas ranch reporting that Osama Bin Laden was determined to strike inside the United States. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Mr. Bush received a supplement called the “threat matrix,” which listed more detailed intelligence about potential terrorist plans. Under Mr. Obama, the brief has taken on some new topics and different forms, including a periodic update on cyberthreats against the United States. ....getting the briefing every day is not strictly necessary, especially if Mr. Trump delegates substantial amounts of authority to his subordinates. But they stress that regular briefings are still important because it is helpful in a fast-moving crisis if a president already has a baseline of knowledge about topics, such as a foreign leader’s thinking and military abilities. Also, briefings permit a president to quiz briefers on inconsistencies and questions of fact or interpretation that form the basis for the most important national security decisions — those only the president can make.
cyberthreats  PDB  security_&_intelligence  CIA  memoranda  White_House  hotspots  threats  ODNI  baselines  inconsistencies  interpretation  decision_making 
december 2016 by jerryking
How to Write Clearly |
By Harvard Business ReviewMarch 06, 2013

Here are three ways to ensure your ideas aren’t misinterpreted:

Adopt the reader’s perspective. Put yourself in the reader’s shoes to assess your clarity. Better yet, ask a colleague to summarize the main points of your draft from a quick read-through.
Keep your language simple. Strive to use short words and sentences. Aim for an average of 20 words or less in each sentence. With every one, ask yourself whether you can say it more briefly.
Show, don’t tell. Be specific enough that readers draw their own conclusions (that match yours, of course), as opposed to expressing your opinions without support and hoping people will agree.
Communicating_&_Connecting  writing  howto  HBR  memoranda  clarity  empathy  misinterpretations  brevity  concision 
march 2013 by jerryking
Finance: MEMO
Nov 21st 2012 | | The Economist from The World In 2013 print edition
funnies  banking  memoranda  integrity 
january 2013 by jerryking
The Limits of Intelligence -
December 10, 2007 | WSJ | By PETER HOEKSTRA and JANE HARMAN.

On one of our several trips together to Iraq, a senior intelligence official told us how she wrote her assessments -- on one page, with three sections: what we know, what we don't know, and what we think it means.

Sound simple? Actually, it's very hard....The information we receive from the intelligence community is but one piece of the puzzle in a rapidly changing world. It is not a substitute for policy, and the challenge for policy makers is to use good intelligence wisely to fashion good policy.

In fact, the new NIE on Iran comes closest to the three-part model our intelligence community strives for: It carefully describes sources and the analysts' assessment of their reliability, what gaps remain in their understanding of Iran's intentions and capabilities, and how confident they are of their conclusions....Nevertheless, Congress must engage in vigorous oversight -- to challenge those who do intelligence work, and to make site visits to see for ourselves.

Intelligence is an investment -- in people and technology. It requires sustained focus, funding and leadership. It also requires agency heads that prioritize their constitutional duty to keep the intelligence committees informed. Good intelligence will not guarantee good policy, but it can spare us some huge policy mistakes.
security_&_intelligence  critical_thinking  Iran  memoranda  policy  sense-making  unknowns  interpretation  interpretative  information_gaps  oversight  rapid_change  think_threes  assessments_&_evaluations  policymakers  policymaking  intelligence_analysts 
june 2012 by jerryking
Critical maths
.June 2004 | Financial Management | by Mike Brooks.

The basic principle here is to ensure that the timescale of the financing and the grace period for the repayment of the principal and interest matches reasonably closely the timing of the cash flows resulting from owning the asset.
ProQuest  start_ups  small_business  funding  memoranda  private_placements  cash_flows  working_capital 
april 2012 by jerryking
How sellers can attract the best buyers.
Sep/Oct 1995 | | Mergers and Acquisitions |Leonard S.Caronia.
The seller of a company should have in mind at all times the objective of attracting three or four bidders who are ready to commit to a transaction at pretty much the same point in time in order to gain the benefit of competition. A well-planned process begins with preparations for the sale and advances through a series of steps until the transaction is completed. The first step is for the business owner to make sure they have considered all other options before going ahead with a sale. The next step is to get the right kind of valuation. Other stages of the selling process include the development of a contact plan when likely buyers are determined, a presentation to be given by management, and the use of a letter of intent.
selling_a_business  memoranda  auctions  divestitures 
november 2011 by jerryking
Holman Jenkins: GE's Nuclear Power Business and the Japanese Earthquake -
* MARCH 19, 2011 | | By HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR. What GE Was
Thinking in 2011. Into the time machine to see how a major company coped
with its black swans. .
memoranda  satire  GE  Japan  Holman_Jenkins  nuclear  black_swan 
march 2011 by jerryking
Gates Says U.S. Lacks a Policy to Thwart Iran -
April 17, 2010 | New York Times | By DAVID E. SANGER and THOM
SHANKER. In an interview on Friday, General Jones declined to speak
about the memorandum. But he said: “On Iran, we are doing what we said
we were going to do. The fact that we don’t announce publicly our entire
strategy for the world to see doesn’t mean we don’t have a strategy
that anticipates the full range of contingencies — we do.”

But in his memo, Mr. Gates wrote of a variety of concerns, including the
absence of an effective strategy should Iran choose the course that
many government and outside analysts consider likely: Iran could
assemble all the major parts it needs for a nuclear weapon — fuel,
designs and detonators — but stop just short of assembling a fully
operational weapon.
Iran  Obama  Robert_Gates  memoranda  James_Jones  nuclear  contingency_planning  Michael_Mullen  David_Sanger  SecDef 
april 2010 by jerryking
One Page Proposal
Understand the value chain of the industry or sector.

Sub title
Objectives/Secondary Objectives
Financial Conditions
Action Sought
business  marketing  proposals  web_video  memoranda  templates  pitches 
january 2010 by jerryking
Designing a Better Presidential Daily Brief
May 4, 2004| Wall Street Journal pg. B.1| by Jessica Mintz.
"Graphic designers who specialize in written communications have been
trying to get the point that documents should be easy to scan to find
the main point. "Information architects," as they are also known, say
far too many e-mails, memos and presentations make the same design
mistake the original PDB did, burying the point behind...a "giant wall
of text." Instead, documents should highlight key data using clear
titles and subtitles; large, readable fonts; bullet points and shorter
paragraphs more conducive to skimming."
design  POTUS  Communicating_&_Connecting  PDB  Edward_Tufte  visualization  information  briefing  memoranda 
september 2009 by jerryking
A Memo from the CEO -
Summer 2003

By: Cindy C. Crouse, CAE (with commentaries by Paul Borawski, CAE, and
Barbara Byrd Keenan, CAE)
JAL sought out a current association CEO to take on a particularly
difficult assignment: From the perspective of a CEO working in a
fictional association, write a memo challenging your incoming chair and
the board to confront the truth of what is happening inside the
association. Author Cindy Crouse accepted the challenge.
leadership  executive_management  memoranda  associations  CEOs 
may 2009 by jerryking
Make it short and sweet
Apr. 1995 | Black Enterprise Vol. 25, Iss. 9; pg. 53, 1 pgs | by Cassandra Hayes.
writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  memoranda  brevity 
february 2009 by jerryking
Reading Between a Memo's Lines
Mar. 1987 | Today's Office. Vol. 21, Iss. 10; pg. 11, 2 pgs | by Edward Wakin.
writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  memoranda  guidelines 
february 2009 by jerryking
Managing Your Career: 'How Can I Write An Effective Memo?'
Managing Your Career: 'How Can I Write An Effective Memo?'
Half, Robert. Management Accounting. Montvale: Dec 1991. Vol. 73, Iss. 6; pg. 11, 1 pgs
Managing_Your_Career  writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  memoranda  howto 
february 2009 by jerryking
Oxford Analytica - News - The President's Daily Brief and the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief
June 16, 2004 by David R. Young, Managing Director of Oxford
Analytica, lays out OA's goal of provide the decision-maker with the
best available analysis as close to the event as possible. OA has over
35 governments and 120 major financial institutions and corporations as
Oxford  Oxford_Analytica  briefing  memoranda  writing  PDB  filetype:pdf  media:document 
february 2009 by jerryking

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