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

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Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.

—THOMAS SZASZ

“Ask vague questions, you get vague answers.”

It’s been 30 years since I heard those words and they changed my life. I had just moved to Los Angeles, and a new friend convinced me to join her on a visit to a celebrated astrologer. I was new to SoCal culture and my friend seemed hip and sophisticated, so I said, “Sure, why not?” But as I sat with the astrologer and he answered the questions he had asked me to prepare for our session, I began to feel frustrated. His answers were unspecific. When I said as much he stopped and looked at me with great kindness and said those seven words. His message? It’s not me, lady. It’s you.

His words cut through me. I’ve always been ...

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