Become a More Effective Leader.

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I  know  your time is valuable. Your days are chock-full of business, family, kids, community, church … maybe some exercise, soccer practice, a few meals … and some great wine I hope.

Practical Strategies to help you Become a More Effective Leader.

Long ago, I chose the theme of the Exkalibur Legend because I think pulling the sword from the stone is a perfect metaphor for the challenges faced by every business leader. You might enjoy a quick glimpse into the Legend of Exkalibur, which I’ve included below.

Exkalibur CAN help you “pull the sword out of the stone through understanding rather than strength” and help you make better decisions that will influence your business success.

That’s why we’re focused on delivering practical strategies you can capture quickly and put to work immediately to help you Become a More Effective Leader and contribute to a successful business. You might take a look at two short summaries I prepared, below, for a deeper description of What I Write About and What I’m Sure About.

No fluff, no B.S.– just real stuff that we’ve tried to strip down to its bare essentials and serve in manageable increments you can easily digest … every time.

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I’ve always been attracted to medieval history – some days I think my sensibilities are closer to that period than to today – but I think the metaphor is particularly apt for business leaders.

The legend of Excalibur is an enduring legacy of the medieval stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

In the most popular version, King Arthur proved his birthright as the King of England by pulling the magical sword out of a stone, or an anvil in some stories, which no other man could do. If you know the story, the critical point is that it was a result of his “understanding” rather than his “strength.

The sword was named Excalibur.

You’ll note that we have slightly altered the original spelling, in our case to invoke the name of a very special person.

Ask me about it sometime.

Writing | Lary R. Kirchenbauer I started writing professionally almost 30 years ago.

My first newspaper column debuted on April 17, 1986 for a venerated newspaper, the St. Louis Globe Democrat of over 500,000 subscribers. A few decades later, I wrote more than 100 newspaper columns, Building a Business, for the North Bay Business Journal, then the San Francisco Bay area affiliate of the New York Times.

Leadership is the cornerstone of much of my writing because it’s about the essence of every organization … the people … and how to lead, inspire and organize them to maximize your business success.

3 Pillars on a hill against blue sky

Executive Performance

Over a long career, scrounging around in the trenches of entrepreneurship, I have always taken close note of executive performance.

Why things go wrong despite the best plans and intentions.

What works and what doesn’t … and I’ve written extensively during this period to try to capture the essence of the lessons I’ve learned.

There are, however, two additional components that can make or break our chances of Becoming a More Effective Leader.

Productivity

First, there is our own Personal Productivity which drives our ability to create balance in our life and to focus on what’s most important to achieving our goals. It’s up to you to make a personal commitment to implement the best practices, strategies and tools to make sure you are present in the moment and doing your part to increase what YOU do to Become a More Effective Leader.

Accountability

Second, there is Accountability. I think about is as your commitment to make sure that others are equally effective. You need to provide independent and unbiased feedback to your fellow leaders and colleagues to provide them with the resources and tools to be successful, and hold them accountable for doing their part to make your teams and organization successful.

You don’t draw on the Lone Ranger.

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 striving to get better, seeking excellence at every level.

If the Exkalibur Team continues to work hard to create great content that provides practical strategies, tools and tips, I can share with you the lessons I’ve learned over 35+ years and help you to avoid some of the pitfalls and trap doors I found the hard way.

As a result, you can accelerate the growth of your individual performance and lead your team to superior individual and business performance.

What I Think You’re Sure About



“Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.”


~ Anonymous


You and your team have worked hard to build a real company.

You’re a lifelong learner.

You believe that leaders read and readers lead.

You are committed to improving your effectiveness as a leader and business builder.

You believe that with hard work and dedication, you can take your business to the next level and help others realize their dreams, too.

Exkalibur Leadership Forum Mission

What I’m Thinking About

 



“I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.”


~ Oft debated – either Churchill or Napoleon


Life is a marathon and not a sprint, and what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow.

Every day, we have to work hard to deploy the best practices and the most effective tools to manage the tsunami of information washing over the gunnels.

If you continue to apply what you’ve learned to become a more effective leader, improve your productivity and create a culture of accountability in your teams and organization, you have the greatest opportunity to improve your life and build a successful business or career.

What I Think You’re Thinking About



“Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.”


~ Sir Max Beehbohm


The Future – and that you could build an even more successful company if you were able to get everyone clear about your purpose and strategy so everyone is, dare I say, singing from the same hymnal … and on the same page.

Your ability to Become a More Effective Leader … to get more done … while serving your family and community … and embedding accountability across your team and organization … is the key to your success.

Where can I find the best content?

To get started, take a look at any of the blog categories that interest you.

At the top of each section, you’ll see a reference to Featured Articles, which will direct you to some of our most valuable content.

Hi. I'm Lary Kirchenbauer, Founder & CEO of Exkalibur

One of the reasons I have a wide-ranging perspective … from deep in the trenches … and across the often bewildering breadth of issues that business leaders must face … is the uniquely eclectic career path I stumbled into.

If you imagine the Exkalibur Roundtable, with each chair occupied by an executive serving the company in a particular role … I’ve sat in all of them.

I’ve been a CEO, CFO and COO … an Owner, Director, Partner and Advisor … an Investor, Lender, Borrower and Intermediary.

If you walk through the arch, below, and enter the arena, you’ll find some additional details about my experience.

Very few executives have had such a diverse career. In roughly chronological order, I have been …

  • A commercial banker for two major money center banks,
  • Assistant to the President of a NYSE soft goods manufacturer and importer,
  • EVP/CFO for a high growth, consumer products company that grew from $5 million to over $125 million in a little more than 5 years,
  • Founder of a merchant bank,
  • Managing General Partner of a $35MM venture capital fund,
  • CFO & COO of a national change management consulting firm,
  • Consulting Practice Leader for the 12th largest U.S. consulting and accounting firm,

I have been a CEO and a key member of several executive leadership teams.

I have also been a member of 8 different boards of directors/advisors of middle market companies.

Very few executives have had such a diverse career. In roughly chronological order, I have been …

  • A commercial banker for two major money center banks,
  • Assistant to the President of a NYSE soft goods manufacturer and importer,
  • EVP/CFO, Consumer Products. Growth from $5M – $125M in about 5 years,
  • Founder of a Merchant Bank,
  • Founder & Managing General Partner of a $35MM venture capital fund,
  • CFO & COO of a national change management consulting firm,
  • Consulting Practice Leader for the 12th largest U.S. consulting and accounting firm,

I have been a CEO and a key member of several executive leadership teams.

I have also been a member of 8 different boards of directors/advisors for middle market companies.

Very few executives have had such a diverse career. In roughly chronological order, I have been …

  • A commercial banker for two major money center banks,
  • Assistant to the President of a NYSE soft goods manufacturer and importer,
  • EVP/CFO, Consumer Products. Growth from $5 million – $125 million  in just over 5 years,
  • Founder of a merchant bank,
  • Managing General Partner of a $35MM venture capital fund,
  • CFO & COO of a national change management consulting firm,
  • Consulting Practice Leader for the 12th largest U.S. consulting and accounting firm,

As a CEO, COO or CFO, I have been a key member of several executive leadership teams.

I’ve also been a member of 8 different boards of directors/advisors of middle market companies.

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Thanks for stopping by. If we haven’t already, I hope we’ll have a chance to meet somewhere down the road … and that you will feel free to reach out to me directly if I can help you as you grow as a leader and build a more successful business.

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