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Leadership LibraryI have written more than 300 articles about Leadership, about 1/3 of which have been published by the SF affiliate of the New York Times. You can focus here on specific issues including Communication, Compensation, Governance, Entrepreneurship, Performance, Planning, and Recruiting

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Do You Have What It Takes to be an Effective Leader?

What Would We Get If We Asked Everyone Who Writes About Leadership To Offer Up A Definition?

Probably need a new wing in the library of congress, don’t you think?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DEFINE LEADERSHIP?

For some, it’s everything and anything that has to do with influencing others.

It’s communication.

It’s achieving accountability.

For others, it’s a body of work built around values and character and timeless qualities of integrity, passion, respect, et. al.

Do you have a definition that works for you?

HOW IMPORTANT IS R.E.S.P.E.C.T TO BEING AN EFFECTIVE LEADER?

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Monday’s Quote of the Week: August 14, 2017

Respect is not only owed to everyone regardless of rank, but it is the cornerstone of Leadership Growth. That’s why Exkalibur University is happy to announce its upcoming online course, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – 7 Remarkably Simple Steps to Earn Respect.

It will begin in early September as the first release in the Leadership Development curriculum at Exkalibur University.

Stay tuned for more details coming very soon.

Question: What are you going to do TODAY to earn the respect of your teammates?

Hop on over to our Facebook Page to leave your comment or question. I visit it every day and look forward to hearing from you and expanding our discussion of these ideas and concepts.

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If Mom & Dad Were Watching … Would You Be Proud of the Culture You’re Creating?

What happened to all of the simple lessons your parents taught you?

You Don’t Want to be This Week’s Whipping Boy

Today’s whipping boy is Uber, but if you’re not paying close attention, your turn could be just around the corner.

In just the last few years, several surveys have identified culture and engagement as the #1 challenge around the world, with this startling statistic:

“… only 12 percent (of the survey respondents) believe their organizations are excellent at effectively driving the desired culture.”

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | August 4, 2017

This is the 80th edition of Getting to the Point, the weekly Exkalibur Newsletter which we’ve been publishing for over a year.

It’s taken several forms, but we’ve arrived at a format that makes it easy for you to access the complete newsletter online, both now and in the future. As always, please let me know if there is something we’re missing that will be helpful to you.

The sole purpose of Getting to the Point is Helping YOU Become a More Effective Leader. For each of the pieces included in our Business Brief segment, for example, there’s an important point I want to share that applies equally to all leaders and businesses. While to some it may seem that Getting to the Point is a random collection of disparate articles, I hope you’ve seen more than that.

Today, in addition to celebrating a San Francisco Bay area success story in Amy’s Kitchen, you’ll be reminded about the understated value of expanded employee training in the story about Best Buy’s resurgence. Challenges to your business can come in many forms, which is why the Pinot vs. Pot story and Amazon’s 45,000 robots are presented as reminders to be forever vigilant about threats to your business from any direction.

As always, there’s much more in each newsletter … some to inform our life and our world …and some to kick back, take a break and have some fun.

I hope you’ll stay with us and let me know what we can do better to serve you on your Leadership Journey. I can’t wait to share with you the release of our first online Leadership course, which I hope will further contribute to helping you Become a Respected Leader … so you can Become a More Effective Leader.

Continue to the Table of Contents & the Full Newsletter…

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Lessons Learned from The Prizefighter & The Preacher

Among some of us dads, we often remark, “Dads never get any credit.

Dads teach their kids how to play ball, run, catch, dodge … but if they score a run, a touchdown or a basket … and the camera zooms in on them, don’t they always say,

“Hi Mom!”

Dad’s Christmas gift of an ornament he thought I’d like. The cow sings, too!

Dads Never Get Any Credit

Have you ever heard the phrase,

“… as good as Dad and apple pie?.”

I doubt it. I never have.

How about,

“the father of all storms”?

Nope … I think you catch my point.

A Man in Full

My father lived a full life … as both a professional boxer and a minister. He had an interesting Audio/Visual business as a hobby, but I was also fascinated by the characters who came through his studio as he cut the master recording … yes, the old vinyl 78 format.

When you read, The Prizefighter & The Preacher, you’ll learn about his remarkably diverse career … and at least one of the drawings he submitted to a local art contest. It’s a classic that still makes me laugh out loud.

What Does This Mean for our Business?

You may recall that humility was the centerpiece of 5X leaders famously cataloged in Jim Collin’s book, Good to Great.

If you want to learn what that looks like up close and personal, don’t miss the chance to learn about the humility that was essence of my father’s character and the 5 Lessons it offers for setting humility as the cornerstone of your leadership approach.

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Are Your Common Practices Really “Best Practices”?

How often have you found yourself examining a common practice in your organization, shaking your head and wondering, “Who Set Up This Crazy Procedure?”

How do our Common Practices become so much different from Best Practices?

I’m always fascinated by the breadth and depth of professional sports analytics these days. You only have to watch a few TV sports events to see some of the remarkable statistics and tracking data that’s collected and graphically displayed in real time.

What they teach you … and what directly applies to your own organization … is that by thoughtfully considering currently available data, you may discover that what you’re doing every day no longer represents Best Practices.

How Do We Shake Things Up?

Sports data provides some powerful examples of this phenomenon. It is more visually compelling and demonstrates how easily we can become complacent, completely ignoring the data.

When you consider, How can you make sure that Common Practices are always Best Practices?, you’ll see how certain common decisions made by football coaches, for example, are inconsistent with the data. Likewise, current penalty kick strategies in soccer.

Get Off the Easy Road and Examine the Data

Collecting and analyzing data in the world of professional sports has surpassed what many of us find in our organizations … but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Make time to take a thorough look at your Common Practices and make sure you’re actually following Best Practices supported by the latest data.

Go get ’em, Coach. Make the right call.

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Would you listen to the Most Beautiful Woman in the World?

Would you listen to the Most Beautiful Woman in the World?

I you’d look, but would you really listen?


Sticks & Stones? Are You Sure Words Never Hurt You?

It’s been several years since I wrote this original article, but with the onslaught of the Internet … the 2 Billion Facebook users posting about every conceivable issue … and many which aren’t … you sensitivity to what people say about you might need a booster shot.

Our usual response is that it’s none of THEIR business, but as you’ll learn from the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, it’s really none of YOUR business.

This simple concept will help you keep the invisible critics off the battlefield, so get your booster shot in just a few minutes to strengthen your resolve.

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