Omit Needless Egos.


With all due respect to Mr. Strunk and Mr. White for their profound contributions to vigorous writing, I’d like to propose an essential corollary to their now-legendary commandment to “Omit Needless Words.”

This one has the potential to restore the joy — and sanity – of many a PR person by enabling us to do our jobs without the need to dance, flail, tiptoe around or walk on eggshells.

My proposed addendum to Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style: Omit Needless Egos.

Three simple words; one out-of-control dilemma.

Who’s ready to join me in calling for the eradication of over-inflated egos in the workplace — wherever they may reside???



  • Marjanne Pearson

    Years ago, when Alan Chimacoff was the Principal in charge of design at Hillier, he gave me a position description for a studio design leader. One of the criteria was “A well-managed ego.” That phrase has stuck with me ever since.

  • Mike Plotnick

    Well, that’s one sure way to thin the herd!