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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.

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.


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?

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

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 this subject keep coming up all the time?”

They’re constantly resurfacing, often in disguise as a different issue altogether … but really, the same ‘ol, same ‘ol.

Have we become dumb and dumberer?

You can probably outline a long list of reasons these same issues keep popping up like whack-a-moles. Chief Executive has tackled this several times, including in their article, 5 Simple Mistakes Even Experienced CEOs Make.

If we haven’t become “dumb and dumberer,” what’s going on?

Keep reading so you don’t miss the Single Reason We Keep Making the Same Mistakes


Don’t skip this! Create Goals that You Can Actually Achieve

Creating goals that have meaning

“It’s just a goal.”

That’s a phrase I’ve heard too many times when a business leader engages in a performance review with an employee or when companies embark on a corporate planning effort.

Do they mean that a goal is more like a road sign, pointing the way without regard for whether you actually arrive?

Is it like the proverbial carrot dangled on the stick in front of us, with some motivational value but with no expectation that we will ever feast upon it?

Keep reading to get the most out of your goals this year


Lose $1Million in 1 Day – and Still Become a Champion

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Focus. Focus. Focus.

I never thought that Rory McIlroy, a PGA golfer, would be the subject any article I ever wrote, least of all 2 of them.

What a difference a few years makes!

When I wrote about the Magic of True Grit, Rory appeared in an ignominious way.

What do you do when you totally screw up?

In 2011, Rory entered the final day of the Masters Tournament with a 4 stroke lead … and watched it quickly evaporate as his game imploded.

He shot 80 on that final day, the worst score of anyone playing on Sunday. He finished 10 strokes behind the winner, a Masters rookie, Charl Schwartzel.

(The Masters tournament doesn’t like to talk about such crass subjects as money … but the one day cost of that catastrophe to Rory WAS OVER  $1.3 MILLION!)

He was heartbroken over his performance that day, but held his head high with these words: Continue reading to see the Big Change …


The One Big Change You’re Sick of Hearing About

Who Me?

Who are you lookin‘ at? Are you talkin‘ to me?


There is at least One Irrefutable and Universal Truth

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.” ….

There is at least One Universal Truth

It quickly became clear that he could pinpoint the universality of the many things we face in our relationships with each other. Keep Reading … Don’t miss the Big Change …


The 7 Qualities You Need to Get Your Company on the Medal Stand

What does it take to get on the Medal Stand and out of the Grandstands?

Jessica Long. One of the most decorated Paralympic athletes in history.

She’s won 17 Olympic medals. 12 of them are gold.

She holds 13 world records.

She’s been Sports Woman of the Year twice.

She’s obviously a remarkable swimmer.

She did all of it after having the lower part of both legs amputated when she was 18 months old.

Jessica Long’s drive, devotion and discipline are unquestioned.   Her determination is boundless. (NBC produced an in-depth look at her life you can find here.)

Is all of that enough? If you had each of those characteristics in immeasurable quantity, would it be enough to make you an Olympian?

Is drive, devotion and discipline enough?

Probably not.

Keep reading and download the 7 Olympic Qualities checklist …


How did Bruno Mars make it to the Super Bowl Halftime Show?

Bruno Mars

How did Bruno Mars make it to the Super Bowl Halftime Show?

Do you like the music of the Hawaiian-born Peter Gene Hernandez? He’s a mighty good Elvis impersonator in case you missed him.

His father nicknamed him after a famous wrestler; later, Bruno added another name to it.

You may know him today as Bruno Mars

How is Bruno Mars doing these days?

What does Bruno Mars believe is the key to his success?


Quotation: What’s the Focus of Great Leadership? Focus!

By any other name, FOCUS is the one thing we all struggle with.

There is too much to do, too much coming at us and we want it all.

We want to work hard, perform well, love our families, dote on our children … and be great athletes, gifted musicians … did I leave out the Red Carpet encore?

This simple quote is another way to frame the issue.

The less we try to do, the more we can accomplish and this is one swing thought that might help.

“The secret of concentration is elimination.”

~ Dr. Howard Hendricks

Question:  What’s the one thing you can STOP DOING TODAY … so you can focus on what you really need to get done?