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Friday, July 31st, 2015

The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but The Truth

The “Truth Will Set You Free” has been uttered by thousands, but maybe only a few really believe it and tell it faithfully.

That’s the mantra at Exkalibur.com and we’re sticking to it. Big Time. All the Time. Here’s why.

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What are we doing at Exkalibur and how is that going to help you?

Great question.

What unique perspective do I have?

For one thing, I have a very eclectic background that is matched by few.

Few executives can say they have worked in the salt mines in Miami or in the meadows of St. Louis.

Few could say that they were a commercial banker and investment banker, that they started their own boutique investment firm, that they had their first CFO job at 29.

Few could say that they helped raise capital built on a $1,000 equity base into $35 million in lines of credit from 7 banks on 4 continents before the age of 35.

Maybe not the smartest moves ….

Few would be dumb enough to quit that job and start a bedroom consulting gig that turned into an investment banking boutique without having the foggiest idea what they were doing.

Few have competed successfully against multibillion-dollar investment firms with a 7 person team and no real money to be hired to manage a $35 million venture fund.

Keep reading if you want the truth. Stop here if not.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

A Lesson from Sir Isaac Newton: Remove Friction instead of Adding Force

Newton’s 2nd Law concluded that the acceleration of an object is dependent upon two variables – the force acting upon the object and the mass of the object.

These 4 Essential Practices will help you grasp the power of Momentum, the limitations of Force and the drag of Friction.

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Last week, I wrote to you about Momentum. I wanted you to see it more clearly because it is a powerful force you can harness to get things done … and yet it’s virtually invisible and often overlooked for the power it possesses.

How often have you found that initiatives you’ve launched have ground to a halt? You started out on the right foot, got everyone working together, everyone knew what he or she was supposed to do … and then it stopped. Cold.

Why does that happen?

Keep reading to discover the 4 Essential Practices to Get Your Projects Off the Dime

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Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Power of One is the only power you have. Use it.

In case you missed it last week, in There’s Only One Reason You Keep Making the Same Mistakes. Repeatedly, I emphasized how much control we have over what we do.

Bottom line? We do what we choose to do. Anything short of that is an excuse, and believe me, I know because I’ve got a closetful.

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But, every day I continue to work on cleaning out that closet. It takes up a lot of space in my head, but there’s absolutely no value in any of it.

It’s on us. You decide. You act.

That’s all there is.

Period.

The End

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Friday, July 24th, 2015

Fun Friday | 9 Super Annoying Habits I Hope You Don’t Have!

It’s Friday, it’s summer time … so why not have a little fun at someone’s expense. I just hope it isn’t you.

There are at least 9 Annoying Habits that are the most grating to me … and I’m convinced they represent latent and nefarious character flaws that will be even more annoying when they become visible.

9 Super Annoying Habits I Hope You Don’t Have!

9 Annoying habits I’d like to strangle you for!

Are there habits in others … not ourselves, of course … that you find particularly annoying?

There are probably a lot of simple ones … squeezing the toothpaste in the middle of the tube, leaving dirty clothes on the floor, not hanging up your towel … minor stuff in the scope of things.

Then, there are those … the ones that are the most grating to me … that I’m convinced represent latent and nefarious character flaws that will be even more annoying when they become visible … and I promise you, they inevitably will.

I know many of you won’t like this list

Some of you won’t like this list … because you’re on it … and yes, I probably will unfairly judge you if I witness this habit. Maybe these are just personal idiosyncrasies …. for you, maybe … but for me … mostly … not.

So, I apologize in advance … but this is just the way I see it using my infallible superpowers. I’m even going to tell you what I suspect lurks beneath the surface of these imperfections.

No, that word’s not strong enough. Oh well, you can judge for yourself, but let me know because I really want to know if I’m the only one who sees these.

But, I have to say this sure is fun

Don’t miss any of these 9 Super Annoying Habits … in case you have some of them

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There’s Only One Reason You Keep Making the Same Mistakes. Repeatedly.

There's Only One Reason You Keep Making the Same Mistakes. Repeatedly.

The Resistance is relentless and we have reasons galore for not accomplishing our goals.What is the common thread among all of the excuses reasons we use to rationalize our misses? Déjà vu all over again?  How often have you heard one of these phrases banging against your skull  … “Haven’t we been here before?” … “Didn’t we already solve this problem?” … “Why does…

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Are you going to fight the headwinds or let the Resistance claim another victory?

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