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Clarity First: How Smart Leaders and Organizations Achieve Outstanding Performance by Karen Martin

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More Than a Moment

It took me forty years on earth To reach this sure conclusion:There is no Heaven but clarity, No Hell except confusion.

—JAN STRUTHER FROM THE POEM “CLEAR1

We have all experienced those moments in life when hard realities present themselves with complete clarity. It’s the moment you realize that the dream job you worked hard to get has taken you away from doing what you love, or that a relationship you’ve invested years of your life in is shifting in a direction that’s different from what you want. Too often, crisis—a near-miss accident or a frightening diagnosis—is the catalyst that brings these revelations. In those moments we are suddenly able to see the reality we had avoided, hidden, or explained away. Those moments ...

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