Leaders and executives—people in positions of authority and power—have a tendency to spin, obfuscate and overcomplicate things that are actually surprisingly obvious, simple and straightforward.
Why do they do that? Usually because they're trying to talk people into believing something that makes no sense or buying something they shouldn't. If you think that's an oversimplification or find it hard to believe that people in authority would do such a thing, think again.
Unfortunately, this is the real world and times are hard. So how does an honest person trying to make a living and get ahead manage to avoid all this nonsense? Remember these 10 simple principles.
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