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Friday, August 18th, 2017

Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | August 18, 2017

The sole purpose of Getting to the Point is Helping YOU Become a More Effective Leader, but of course, there is more to life than that so we cover much more that affects us, our families and our world.

I know you don’t want to miss the Solar Eclipse on Monday, so check out the Spotlight segment for a little knowledge & history along with a list of certified eyewear so you can view it safely.

In our Business Brief, you’ll get a few tips about how to use HR to become more competitive, learn a few tricks about how to motivate people, improve your ability to analyze your competition and discover which states are the best and worst in which to do business. Hint, California is at the bottom of the list … again. We’re also announcing our upcoming Leadership Course which will begin on Monday, September 18, so stay tuned for information on that.

When we scour the web, we’ll learn about bandaids for the heart, why our taste buds may actually be in our brains and why nature vs. nurture is NOT the whole story. We’ll also see why so many adults are obsessed with Disney cruises, although I hope there is no connection to some of the recent reports that America’s drinking problem is much worse. We’ll also learn about Apple’s billion-dollar leap into Hollywood production and why protecting your phone number may be more important than ever.

As always, we’ll get a few laughs, learn about the good news from Apple and ESPN about watching multiple football games at the same time, discover some of the most dysfunctional families on TV and read about the latest release from Marc Cameron with another of the SpecOps badasses keeping us safe.

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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Do You Have What It Takes to be an Effective Leader?

What Would We Get If We Asked Everyone Who Writes About Leadership To Offer Up A Definition?

Probably need a new wing in the library of congress, don’t you think?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DEFINE LEADERSHIP?

For some, it’s everything and anything that has to do with influencing others.

It’s communication.

It’s achieving accountability.

For others, it’s a body of work built around values and character and timeless qualities of integrity, passion, respect, et. al.

Do you have a definition that works for you?

HOW IMPORTANT IS R.E.S.P.E.C.T TO BEING AN EFFECTIVE LEADER?

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Monday, August 14th, 2017

Monday’s Quote of the Week: August 14, 2017

Respect is not only owed to everyone regardless of rank, but it is the cornerstone of Leadership Growth. That’s why Exkalibur University is happy to announce its upcoming online course, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – 7 Remarkably Simple Steps to Earn Respect.

It will begin in early September as the first release in the Leadership Development curriculum at Exkalibur University.

Stay tuned for more details coming very soon.

Question: What are you going to do TODAY to earn the respect of your teammates?

Hop on over to our Facebook Page to leave your comment or question. I visit it every day and look forward to hearing from you and expanding our discussion of these ideas and concepts.

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Friday, August 11th, 2017

Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | August 11, 2017

The sole purpose of Getting to the Point is Helping YOU Become a More Effective Leader. For each of the topics included in our Business Brief segment, for example, there’s an important point I want to share that applies equally to all leaders and businesses.

There’s clearly a “crisis of confidence” in corporate America … in both a company’s ability to create the desired culture, as you’ll see in our Featured Article, and its success in Leadership Development programs as you’ll see in our Business Brief. I’m excited to report that’s a problem that Exkalibur University is tackling next month. You’ll also find some excellent interview questions you can use and a list of the essential eight technologies companies should watch.

But with all of our technology prowess, you’ll learn as we go Around the Web, that its effect on child development … not so great. As a parent, you’ll want to carefully consider some of the latest research about the how smartphones have destroyed a generation and the related increase in depression, anxiety and teen suicide. On the brighter side, you can learn about the science behind how the brain perceives beauty.

We’ll have a little fun, too, with a few laughs, a study of the fortunes in fortune cookies and how the top 50 musical artists fare depending on where you live … and a little less fun as we consider the rabid growth of partisan politics. There’s a great series of action movies for you to catch up on along with the latest badass SpecOps character from the pen of Brad Thor.

Make it a great weekend … and don’t stop leading.

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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

If Mom & Dad Were Watching … Would You Be Proud of the Culture You’re Creating?

What happened to all of the simple lessons your parents taught you?

You Don’t Want to be This Week’s Whipping Boy

Today’s whipping boy is Uber, but if you’re not paying close attention, your turn could be just around the corner.

In just the last few years, several surveys have identified culture and engagement as the #1 challenge around the world, with this startling statistic:

“… only 12 percent (of the survey respondents) believe their organizations are excellent at effectively driving the desired culture.”

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Monday, August 7th, 2017

Monday’s Quote of the Week

 

 

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Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | August 4, 2017

This is the 80th edition of Getting to the Point, the weekly Exkalibur Newsletter which we’ve been publishing for over a year.

It’s taken several forms, but we’ve arrived at a format that makes it easy for you to access the complete newsletter online, both now and in the future. As always, please let me know if there is something we’re missing that will be helpful to you.

The sole purpose of Getting to the Point is Helping YOU Become a More Effective Leader. For each of the pieces included in our Business Brief segment, for example, there’s an important point I want to share that applies equally to all leaders and businesses. While to some it may seem that Getting to the Point is a random collection of disparate articles, I hope you’ve seen more than that.

Today, in addition to celebrating a San Francisco Bay area success story in Amy’s Kitchen, you’ll be reminded about the understated value of expanded employee training in the story about Best Buy’s resurgence. Challenges to your business can come in many forms, which is why the Pinot vs. Pot story and Amazon’s 45,000 robots are presented as reminders to be forever vigilant about threats to your business from any direction.

As always, there’s much more in each newsletter … some to inform our life and our world …and some to kick back, take a break and have some fun.

I hope you’ll stay with us and let me know what we can do better to serve you on your Leadership Journey. I can’t wait to share with you the release of our first online Leadership course, which I hope will further contribute to helping you Become a Respected Leader … so you can Become a More Effective Leader.

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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Lessons Learned from The Prizefighter & The Preacher

Among some of us dads, we often remark, “Dads never get any credit.

Dads teach their kids how to play ball, run, catch, dodge … but if they score a run, a touchdown or a basket … and the camera zooms in on them, don’t they always say,

“Hi Mom!”

Dad’s Christmas gift of an ornament he thought I’d like. The cow sings, too!

Dads Never Get Any Credit

Have you ever heard the phrase,

“… as good as Dad and apple pie?.”

I doubt it. I never have.

How about,

“the father of all storms”?

Nope … I think you catch my point.

A Man in Full

My father lived a full life … as both a professional boxer and a minister. He had an interesting Audio/Visual business as a hobby, but I was also fascinated by the characters who came through his studio as he cut the master recording … yes, the old vinyl 78 format.

When you read, The Prizefighter & The Preacher, you’ll learn about his remarkably diverse career … and at least one of the drawings he submitted to a local art contest. It’s a classic that still makes me laugh out loud.

What Does This Mean for our Business?

You may recall that humility was the centerpiece of 5X leaders famously cataloged in Jim Collin’s book, Good to Great.

If you want to learn what that looks like up close and personal, don’t miss the chance to learn about the humility that was essence of my father’s character and the 5 Lessons it offers for setting humility as the cornerstone of your leadership approach.

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