How Do You Troubleshoot the Knife (Chef) Error “You authenticated successfully but you are not authorized … missing read permission”?

Problem scenario
You have installed Chef on Ubuntu.  You run this command:

sudo knife client list

You expect to see a list of Chef client nodes.  But you see an error like this:

"ERROR: You authenticated successfully to https://<FQDN of Chef Server>/organizations/companynickname as <FQDN of Chef client node> but you are not authorized for this action
Response:  missing read permission"

What do you do?

Run this command:

export EDITOR=vi

Next run this command (without the <> symbols):

knife node create <FQDN of Chef client node>

(You will enter vi text editor.)  Hold shift and tap "z" twice to save the changes

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