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21: Cutting Through

The situation calls for confronting a tenacious knot and cutting right through it. Somehow, the way to harmony and unity is blocked or frustrated -- perhaps by a tangle of deceit or corruption. Like Alexander the Great cutting the Gordian knot, take decisive action and you will meet with good fortune. Don’t be afraid to shake things up a bit. The ability to take corrective measures, when they are needed, is an essential trait of leadership.

Those who bring discipline to bear must, above all, be honest -- with others, and with themselves. Honesty is the hallmark of the strong and self-confident. The successful person masters the art of honesty like a swordsman masters fencing. When lies, delusions and game playing are getting in the way of teamwork, the swift sword of honest action, perhaps even punishment, must be wielded to protect integrity and values. Decisiveness with integrity at a time like this brings good fortune.

Though your actions be vigorous, they must not be hasty, severe or arbitrary. Be sure to carefully consider all the circumstances. In the case of a serious disruption of relations or events, you must forgive, but not forget -- at least until a person has made reparation for his mistakes. If corrective action is necessary, make certain that it fits the crime. When rules have become slack and useless, only through the institution of clear and swift penalties can their effectiveness be restored.

In situations where serious issues of justice are at stake, keep careful records, and do not hesitate to go public with the truth.

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