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Leading Forward: Successful Public Leadership Amidst Complexity, Chaos and Change (With Online Assessment) by John S. Lybarger, Tim A. Flanagan

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Chapter Three

Adept with Ambiguity

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

—René Descartes

I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.

—Abraham Lincoln

How often do you have to solve problems without having enough information? When was the last time you were expected to deliver a decision based on insufficient data? On the other hand, can you recall situations when there was so much information or data that your senses were overwhelmed? Have you ever been presented with a directive that simply made no sense? Are there times when your entire world is embroiled in chaos and everyone is looking to you for clarity? Welcome to the club.

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