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Battlefield First Aid

Most of us are familiar with triage in a medical setting. It’s the proven process to prioritize the patients who need attention more urgently than others.

T he US Army’s version of Battlefield First Aid is the perfect framework to use if your business is struggling and you need to determine the most urgent priorities.

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The concept behind triage is that someone experiencing symptoms of a heart attack will get greater priority than someone with symptoms of the common cold, for example.

It follows a simple three step sequence that you can apply in many ways to your business challenges.

1. Stop the Bleeding

This is the top priority because if this issue isn’t solved, it’s game over.

The Army teaches that when a soldier has lost a limb, for example, the first inclination of an untrained attendant is to address that issue, e.g., to preserve the limb for future reattachment.

But, that’s entirely the wrong response.

keep reading to learn the 3 steps to Battlefield First Aid

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What I’m Sure About | What You’re Sure About

There are things we know for sure and some we don’t.

H ere is what I DO know and what I think YOU know.

FRIDAY BLOG MARATHON

What I Know Is True

You don’t draw on the Lone Ranger.

You can’t squeeze anything out of a buffalo nickel.

You shouldn’t flub a question about who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb or what President is on the Lincoln Head penny.

Tomorrow never comes … but, TODAY IS HERE … and that’s where we need to focus our attention.

What I’m Sure About

There are a lot of great executives and companies out there, and you are striving to get better, seeking excellence at every level.

Keep reading to see What I Think You’re Sure About

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Be Grateful for All of Your Blessings

Be sure to take time to enjoy the blessings in your life on this Thanksgiving holiday.

T  he world will keep spinning without our business devotion, so invest your day with friends and family.

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Take a moment this Thanksgiving holiday to leave your trials and tribulations behind and reflect upon all of your blessings. We have a lot to be thankful for living in the greatest country on earth, with all of its blemishes, and for our families and friends who nourish our lives.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~ Cicero

Enjoy each others’ company … catch a little Detroit Lions football (a feature of my childhood Thanksgivings in Michigan) … or watch Santa arrive in the Macy’s day parade. But don’t let the moment pass by without loving the ones you love and who love you and enjoying and embracing the blessings that fulfill our lives.

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Do you want to Be Legendary? Here’s some inspiration to get you started.

We think musicians, actors, athletes and other artists are uniquely able to Be Legendary.

I t only seems that way because they’re in the public eye, but you, too, can Be Legendary.

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Imagine you are so remarkable that all the world stands in your honor, swinging and singing, tiny flashlights dancing across the ceiling, oblivious to the world around them?

How do we become legendary?

How do we achieve such an astounding level of recognition and praise for our talents and accomplishments?

I may be a living legend, but that sure don’t help when I’ve got to change a flat tire. ~Roy Orbison

What does it take to Be Legendary

Read more about how to Be Legendary

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Accountability | The 4 Roles Required for a Successful Project

From my earliest days, I often heard, “If you have two bosses, you have none,” a simple but compelling aphorism.

T hat’s what you often find at the root of struggling or failed projects. No one is sure who is doing what.

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Last week, we dusted off the S.M.A.R.T acronym as a reminder that we need to create Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic and Trackable objectives if we want to create a business culture with accountability as its centerpiece.

Consider these 4 Roles Required for a Successful Project.

How do we get clear about who’s doing what?

Today, we’re going to dust off another “oldie but goodie” but one you may have never encountered.

Keep reading to learn about the 4 Roles Required for a Successful Project …

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Mark Twain lived a life without regrets. How about you?

At Leadercast 2015 in May, Andy Stanley spoke about bravery and encouraged everyone to concentrate on the “WOW” of every idea, not the “HOW”.

Always asking “HOW” saps the energy from new ideas and grounds it in the impossible before it’s even born.

 

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Give it a chance. Don’t think “How will I ever do that?” … rather … “Wow! That’s a cool idea. Let’s see if we can find a way to do that!”

Mark Twain said it well. Let’s see if we can do it it well.

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3 Tips to enhance your Elevator Speech

With thanks to Carmine Gallo, his recent post, The Three Elements of an Inspiring Pitch, reminds us of the power of emotion in telling our story to an interested community. The three critical elements of a pitch that he identifies – Understandable, Memorable and Emotional – are valuable in all forms of communication … and as we know, Communication IS Leadership.

In the Exkalibur Leadership Forum, we’re currently discussing Carmine’s book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, which is an excellent primer that extracts, in clear, practical terms, the essence of how Steve Job’s creates his powerful presentations. If you want to improve your presentation and communication skills in every aspect of your professional life, this is a great place to start.

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Vol. 69: Blog me a river …and start now!

Blogging is the cornerstone of your Social Media strategy

Online product displays are fine; but how are you really making a connection?

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.– Lee Iacocca

When I visit the websites of many of my Bay Area clients, I often find broad product offerings and detailed product specifications, accompanied by routine background and contact information … but rarely do I find a blog with which the company communicates with its customers.

Social media has exploded

The world of social media has blown the doors off traditional means of communicating with customers and employees. YouTube is now receiving more than one hour of recorded video for each minute on the clock – with over 2 billion page views – and it just celebrated only its fifth anniversary. In just over six years, Facebook has garnered more than 400 million subscribers and continues to grow.

With powerful social media tools like these, as well as LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, Digg, del.icio.us, Buzz, etc., most middle-market companies are overwhelmed by the choices. But most of them are not moving fast enough because – be dead sure of this – these tools, advancing at an increasingly faster pace every day, are here to stay and flourish. If you’re not part of that conversation, (more…)

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Happy Birthday, America!

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

In that spirit, I’d like to dedicate this holiday to a dear family friend, Cpt. Kevin Mott, an Army Ranger who was badly wounded in Afghanistan this week and is returning to the U.S. for treatment. Our hearts and prayers are with him and his family for a rapid and full recovery.

Another day, we can debate the wisdom of our foreign policy and the wars in which we’re currently engaged … but today, I’d like to pay tribute to Kevin and the men and women with whom he serves. We stand straighter because of their bravery and commitment and shed tears for their innocence and selflessness as they put themselves in harms 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 mission in the unforgiving terrain of the Korengal Valley and Kunar Province of Afghanistan, without electricity, plumbing or running water, (more…)

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