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Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The Power of the “Elapsed Time Effect”

Time is the one thing we want more of … and yet more of it dissolves every day.

H ere’s one more way to get the most out of your day … every day.

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Don’t we all know there are many tasks or projects that require us to wait for something else to get done first … or for someone else to get something done before we can continue?

We know that “waiting for” stuff is a critical piece of our personal productivity program because it’s the linchpin of the critical “follow up” that we must always be doing.

So, that part is pretty obvious.

But, have you ever prioritized your tasks to make sure that you’re taking account of the “elapsed time” that something requires?

Here’s the simple hierarchy I try to use. See if it makes sense to you.

1. The 2 Minute Rule

If you can get it done in 2 minutes, do it, get it over with, move on. I think we all know this one.

Keep reading to put the Elapsed Time Effect to work for You …

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Monday, July 25th, 2016

Are You Rushing to Judgment When You Evaluate Your People?

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Odds of 2 Monumental Events in Your Life on the Same Date? Incredible!

There aren’t too many days so emblazoned in our memories as July 20 is for me.

N ot just for one memorable moment, but two spectacular ones.

So, if you don’t mind, come along with me as I memorialize those wonderful moments and share some of the colorful details that intensify my own memory of those very special days … and maybe help you, as well, to memorialize those special moments in your life.

Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame Pitcher


Sunday, July 20, 1958

My father was a minister so weekends were never our own. Saturdays for last minute preparation, Sundays for church.

We lived in Michigan and were huge Detroit Tiger fans. Detroit was several hundred miles away and between school, summer jobs and Dad’s work, we never made it to a game.

That is, until my Dad was hired to teach some courses at Boston University one summer and the family got to tag along for 3 weeks. While Dad was working, Mom dragged us all over town. We hit the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Bunker Hill, Lexington & Concord and an endless array of the great attractions of Boston.

“Hey Dad, look who’s in town?”

Read the Full Article. What happened on July 20?

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Are You Sure You’re Always Serving the Best Interests of Your Customers?

How often do the best interests of your customers and clients conflict with the short-term financial goals of your business?

A re your sure everyone in your organization doing the right thing when no one’s looking?

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You grabbed the last piece of cake before your sister could get it.

The principal called and said your daughter broke a toy because another girl got to it first.

Your son pushed a boy on the playground because that boy got the last place on the teeter-totter.

“You know better than that!”

Isn’t that what our mothers would have said … our fathers, too?

What made them think that we knew better than that?

Are you serving the best interests of your customers? Keep reading …

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Monday, July 11th, 2016

Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life.

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You can easily add your comment below, or by visiting our Facebook Page or @Exkalibur on Twitter. I visit them every day and look forward to discussing these ideas and concepts with you.

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The One Big Change You’re Sick of Hearing About … And a Foolproof Way to Fix It.

There is at least One Irrefutable and Universal Truth

I t’s a pretty rare day when we don’t think about changing someone else, isn’t it?

If we could just get other people to change, to do things our way, to see the path as we do ….

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You may not know Tom Allender, but you’d be lucky if you did.

Several years ago, my wife mentioned that Tom had a reputation as a very insightful and heartfelt speaker and was appearing at the local parish in a few weeks to talk about relationships.

I was a little skeptical of getting “preached to” about relationships, but my wife was eager to attend, so I agreed to join her.

He was terrific and wasn’t at all “preachy” … and as he got started, you could see couples beginning to squirm, turning to each other and whispering versions of …

“How did he know that [about us]?”

… or “Have you already talked to him?” …

“I didn’t see him peeking in our window.” ….

What is that One Universal Truth?

It quickly became clear he could pinpoint the universality of the many things we face in our relationships with each other.

What I distinctly remember is his story about the married man who approached him one day to ask about an upcoming couples’ retreat:

Keep reading to learn about the One Universal Truth …

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Monday, July 4th, 2016

Celebrate Independence Day and Honor Those Who Made It Possible

Today is usually a day for hot dogs, parades and festive celebrations of the birth of this wonderful nation we inhabit.

I t should be … but in addition, I’d like to pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces. Traditionally, we remember and honor them on Memorial Day, but on that occasion, we tend to focus on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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But today, we stand straighter because of their bravery and commitment. We shed tears for their innocence and selflessness as they put themselves in harm’s way for the country to which they give so much and from which they ask so little.

They aren’t encamped on a comfortable bar stool celebrating Independence Day. They’re carrying out their missions in unforgiving terrain, without electricity, plumbing or running water, with questions, maybe, but mostly with an unequivocal commitment to the cause for which they serve. Thank God there are young men and women prepared to serve, to commit rather than hesitate, so that we retain the power to meet the challenges that come our way and can enjoy this holiday in a peaceful manner.

Their sacrifices come under the most demanding circumstances we can imagine. They represent the finest spirit of dedication, courage and fortitude, everyday risking their lives, when in a single unscripted moment, they may be chosen to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Today and everyday, I honor them with humility, pride … and I’m certain, with your gratitude as well. Please take a moment from your celebrations today to pray for the safe return of the men and women in uniform, for the full recovery for those who have been wounded, and for a peaceful and rewarding eternity for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Make it a great July 4th holiday with friends and family.

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