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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

7 Simple Steps to Build Vital Flexibility into Your Company’s DNA

Over many years, I’ve racked my brain for the single word that represents THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE of a successful business.

Go ahead. Try it. What words come to mind?

Communication will probably cross your mind. Maybe AccountabilityLeadership or Culture … as well as personal characteristics like integrity, authenticity and so on.

Is it Possible to Find a Single Word That Can Save Your Business?

But when it comes to the one single guidepost that can save your business or cripple it, I always come back to the same word: FLEXIBILITY.

7 Simple Steps to Build Vital Flexibility into Your Company's DNA
In 7 Steps to Build Flexibility into Your Company’s DNA, I talk about all the times we’ve all needed a do-over … a mulligan … a makeover … just one more chance to do something over again so we get it right.

In our professional life, those “do-overs” are usually pretty costly … and much more costly when we fail to implement the flexibility that could have saved our bacon.

If you want to make sure you build FLEXIBILITY into your company’s DNA, these 7 steps will ensure it’s deeply embedded into your decision-making process … and give you the greatest possible chance to overcome uncertainty and build a successful business.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Monday’s Quote of the Week

You’ve heard sayings that rhyme with this sentiment … probably ad nauseum throughout your life.

Yet, there is no greater truth. We find what we’re really made of … not when everyone’s watching … not when everything is going swimmingly … but when the Resistance is regrouping for another charge and we’ve got a lot we want to accomplish.


Friday, May 19th, 2017

Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | May 19, 2017

This week we’re Getting to the Point with a lot of exciting news on the scientific front.

In our From the Apple Tree segment, you’ll learn how the Apple Watch is being used to detect heart abnormalities … not to mention solving that nagging problem with backspacing on the iPhone calculator. In the Around the Web segment, you’ll learn how electricity can stop people from bleeding to death and how a 3-D printer might be used to print ovaries that actually make babies. What?

The workplace is the center of gravity in our professional lives, so making sure you’re getting the feedback necessary to make you stronger is critical to your growth. In our Business Brief segment, you’ll also learn why being an introvert or an extrovert may also be at the heart of your success as a leader … see learn how Amazon grew to be worth just short of $500 Billion … and why you need to pay close attention to non-compete clauses. Our Business Brief segment also includes a warning to employers about the sad facts relating to the 12 year high in drug use in the workplace and the many safety issues it poses for employers.

Yes, you’re also going to get another rant from me about the scandal-seeking nature in the current The Political Landscape.

You also find some humor in What’s So Funny?, and a perfect commencement speech in What They Said. You’ll also find a good movie in Movies and for sure, a great mystery novel, the 27th Lucas Davenport story from the pen of John Sandford in our What We’re Reading (Fiction) segment.


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Monday, May 15th, 2017

Monday’s Quote of the Week


Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | May 12, 2017

This week, we’ll start Getting to the Point by identifying the elephant that isn’t in the room and asking the timeless question, For Whom the Bell Tolls, in our Around the Web segment. There, you’ll also learn the hidden benefit of being rich and how soon to expect aliens to visit your neighborhood.

Facebook and Google now dominate more than 90% of the digital ad space, heralding a duopoly of unprecedented strength that will forever change the world of advertising. When you visit the Business Brief, you’ll also learn about how to think ~~outside~~ without a box, why the garbage will keep piling up and see how many bad decisions you can make in a day.

In the entertainment world, you will find a adrenaline-filled movie set as a political thriller entered around Beltway lobbyists. You’ll also read about a mind-stressing TV series] and the latest book in the “memory man” series from David Baldacci.


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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Monday’s Quote of the Week

Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, wrote the book, Only the Paranoid Survive, a testament to his relentless drive and devotion.

Two of the quotes attributed to him are a good way to start the week … and to be reminded of what I wrote about last week … that hope is NOT a strategy and that Action IS the cornerstone of our success.

“You have to pretend you’re 100 percent sure. You have to take action; you can’t hesitate or hedge your bets. Anything less will condemn your efforts to failure.”

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Friday, May 5th, 2017

Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | May 5, 2017

This week, we’re taking a break from our Friday Newsletter, Getting to the Point, as we’re hosting Leadercast LIVE today, an annual event that is the largest single-day leadership event in the world.

Leadercast 2017 - San Francisco Bay Area

It’s attended by more than 120,000 leaders and we’re pleased host this event in the North Bay of San Francisco for the 4th consecutive year.

We’ll return next Friday at our regularly scheduled time.

Don’t stop leading … and we’ll keep working hard to help you Become a More Effective Leader.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Does Everyone in Your Company Clearly Understand Your Vision?

Powered by Purpose is the theme for Leadercast LIVE, the largest single-day leadership event in the world which takes place this Friday, May 5th.

With that in mind, it seems like a good time to consider the Purpose of YOUR Company.

Why is Your Company Even Here - 3 Tips To Tell Everyone Why


In Why is Your Company Even Here? 3 Tips To Tell Everyone Why, I’m asking you this question …

“Have you clearly communicated the purpose of your organization so everyone in your company can recite it?”

I provide several examples of Vision and Mission statements that are eminently vague and provide no clue whatsoever about the identity of the companies using them … alongside others where the company’s identity is absolutely clear. I think you’ll see the difference.

Check out the 3 simple Rules of Thumb in this article to guide your efforts to clearly communicate your purpose and establish you as a Leader Worth Following.