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Good morning. I would like to discuss some of the issues mentioned in regard to the article I created entitled Howard M. Guttman.

Notability: I believe that Howard is a notable figure in business and management consulting. He has been named one of Leadership Excellence magazine's "Excellence 100 Top Thought Leaders." He has written three books, which have been published by major business publishers, including McGraw-Hill and John Wiley. His writings have been included in several important books, including Frances Hesselbein and Marshall Goldsmith work on organizations of the future and a Harvard Business Review anthology on teams. He has worked with senior management in major corporations around the globe for nearly 30 years.

Citations: We can and will add citations to the article and embedded links to other sources

Written like an advertisement or resume: I patterned this article after the one on Marshall Goldsmith, another recognized expert in the field of management development and executive coaching. Mr. Goldsmith's entry includes his resume, references to his books, and links to his company Website and other information that could be construed as an "advertisement" but that also helps understand his point of view and ideas.

Thank you

I have deleted some information that may have sounded like an advertisement, particularly names of clients and references to client work

I have inserted some links to outside sources such as universities and publishers

Dalecorey (talk) 17:58, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

I have inserted several citations referencing highly regarded published books that include chapters by Howard M. Guttman. 66.82.9.19 (talk) 23:00, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Embedded links[edit]

I see you noted you were planning to add embedded links to the article. They are NOT desired. For example, the link to Johnson & Johnson. I changed that to a proper WP:LINK as an example.--SPhilbrickT 21:07, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Model articles[edit]

I just noticed that you said you patterned this article after the article on Marshall Goldsmith. You must be smiling, as I just wrote some advice to look at another article as a pattern. Unfortunately, if you look at the seven levels of quality for an article, you'll see that "Start" is next to the bottom, and that's the assessment for Marshall Goldsmith.

Bullet pointed lists have their place in Wikipedia. I consider them appropriate for lists of awards and for lists of works. However, when used for a list of ideas, it is usually not as good as well-written prose. I use bullet points at work all the time, but there I'm summarizing a presentation. Good prose is better than a list. Check out the Good and featured articles, and you will find sparing use of lists.--SPhilbrickT 21:17, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Book refs[edit]

I improved the book citations.--SPhilbrickT 21:35, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Dear S. Philbrick: Thank you for all the suggestions and edits that you made. I followed your J&J example and removed the embedded links. Wherever possible, I replaced these with a link to a Wikipedia page.

I added a few more citations/footnotes.

I removed the bullets from the Ideas section and put the paragraphs into prose format.

Lastly, I changed the order of the paragraphs somewhat, to focus on the ideas first and the publications later and to sound less like a resume and more like an exposition of Mr. Guttman's ideas, which have had a large impact on organization development.

Do you think that my article now meets the Wikipedia standards? Who makes the final decision, and who removes the "issues" that are listed at the top of the article?

Thank you, Dale Corey Dalecorey (talk) 21:47, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Dear S. Philbrick: Thank you for all the suggestions and edits that you made. I followed your J&J example and removed the embedded links. Wherever possible, I replaced these with a link to a Wikipedia page.

I added a few more citations/footnotes.

I removed the bullets from the Ideas section and put the paragraphs into prose format.

Lastly, I changed the order of the paragraphs somewhat, to focus on the ideas first and the publications later and to sound less like a resume and more like an exposition of Mr. Guttman's ideas, which have had a large impact on organization development.

Do you think that my article now meets the Wikipedia standards? Who makes the final decision, and who removes the "issues" that are listed at the top of the article?

Thank you, Dale Corey Dalecorey (talk) 16:00, 1 December 2010 (UTC) (UTC)

December 8: I enlisted the help of a journalist who is a friend of mine and who is very familiar with Wikipedia style. He helped me to rewrite this article to make it more in keeping with good articles. Please let me know if we have resolved the issues that existed with it. Thank you, Dale Corey — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dalecorey (talkcontribs) 20:48, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Dear Sphilbrick:

Your last comments about my article on Howard M. Guttman were very helpful. As a result, I made numerous changes. I removed the reference to the Leadership Excellence blog and replaced it with a link to the magazine's Web site, which provides its most recent list of Excellence 100 Thought Leaders, including Mr. Guttman.

I also added a number of citations of articles written by others to which Mr. Guttman, as a respected thinker in the field, was asked to contribute.

I cited the TIME magazine article, which was not an interview of Mr. Guttman but a description of his work with CEO Paul Michaels and his top team at Mars, Incorporated.

I included a list of the many organizations and institutions who have asked Mr. Guttman to speak before their members.

Finally, I referenced several interviews of senior executives who commented on Mr. Guttman's ideas and how they have put them to use in their organizations.

I hope the addition of these people talking about Mr. Guttman's ideas adds more credibility and neutrality to the article.

Thank you, Dale Dalecorey (talk) 21:45, 20 December 2010 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dalecorey (talkcontribs)

SPhilbrick: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Dale Corey 69.19.14.18 (talk) 21:26, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Hello, again. I hope I am doing this correctly. I tried to follow your directions and have two problems: 1) How do I find User:Dalecorey/copy_Howard M. Guttman? I don't see any link to such a page. 2) I cannot find the star and the down arrow you mention. There is nothing but a search box next to "view history" on my screen? thanks Dale 69.19.14.18 (talk) 21:42, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

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