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Getting to the Point, the Exkalibur Newsletter, represents our most ambitious writing project each week.

You may not take the time or have the inclination to scan the world as I do … so I’m serving as your Curious Conscientious Curator to bring you interesting articles, facts and stories across a wide range of subjects … focused on timeless information … that’s relevant to you, your business and your life. That’s what I mean by “Getting to the Point”.

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | July 14, 2017

It’s been an interesting week, so we’re Getting to the Point with valuable insights to help you Become a More Effective Leader along with a wide range of information from the worlds of medicine, science, technology and popular culture.

Start by taking the quiz in our Spotlight segment to see what you really know about the human body. Then you can catch up on the evolution of Spam … yeah … both kinds … and wash that down with your third cup of coffee, which will reportedly make you even healthier than you already are.

Then, turn to the Featured Article where we talk about how the 2 Minute Rule can help you rule your domain. In the Business Brief, you’ll also find out the #1 thing that people want their CEOs to improve, a quick primer on signs that a recession may be on the horizon, how you can improve the decision-making in your organization and what companies can do when the founder’s culture starts to fail. If you’re ready to start Geeking Out, you’ll discover elevators that go sideways and scientific tools made from paper.

When you’re ready for a quick turn Around the Web, I’ll offer some free, spot-on marital advice, you’ll learn what a vinculum is and get a further update on the insurance fraud accompanying the opioid epidemic. If it’s too hot where you are, revisiting the ice bucket challenge might help where you’ll also learn about the value that may start in the southern end of a northbound goat.

I still can’t stop laughing at the story in our Humor section … and you may still be laughing when you learn about the latest “sport” that isn’t. You’ll probably stop laughing, though, when you get to my latest rant in The Political Landscape, but I just couldn’t help myself. Of course, there’s critical updates on the Emmy nominations announced yesterday and … finally … the return of Game of Thrones on Sunday. I’ll also share my latest mystery novel find and we’ll celebrate the tremendous legacy of 102 year-old Herman Wouk.

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | July 7, 2017

I hope you got to enjoy one of the more than 16,000 fireworks displays across the country this past Tuesday as we celebrated our nation’s 241st birthday.

This week we’re Getting to the Point with insights from the business world as we fulfill the promise of The Exkalibur Organization to Help you Become a More Effective Leader. Our Featured Article describes the one thing you can be sure is missing when projects don’t get done. In our Business Brief, you’ll also read articles from leading journals about the best way to lead your team, how to learn more about your competition and what Google is doing with its Hacker SWAT team. You’ll also find an inspirational quote and see how superior performance leads to skyrocketing salaries … in the sports world. If you use your IOS devices (iPhone or iPad) to manage your photos, you’ll appreciate this tip in From the Apple Tree.

Of course, we can’t overlook the Centennial Celebration at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship in our Spotlight segment and the origin of a summer favorite, the popsicle. You may also be stunned to learn how deep is the ocean and what happens to our brain when music gets in there.

There’s a lot to learn about that three-pound jelly roll in our heads, too, so the scientists will help us understand more about our brain and its flaws and biases in our Around the Web segment. You’ll also get an underground tour of our nation’s super-bunker in the Cheyenne Mountain, learn of another sad byproduct of the opioid epidemic and what happens when we stop making babies.

Of course, there’s always a little Humor around and I’ll offer some additional ideas about more serious reading you can enjoy during your summer vacation as well as the latest beach read from John Grisham. You’ll also learn why movie producers are concerned about them rotten tomatoes.

Enjoy the beautiful weekend!

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | June 30, 2017

This week we’re Getting to the Point on World Asteroid Day and one day following the 10th Anniversary of the iPhone. Both of them may signal the end of life as we know it.

But, while we’re still here, we’ll take a few moments to consider some of the other fascinating tidbits from the worlds of music, marketing, medical science, psychology and technology.

Our Featured Article considers your brand and how easy it is to abuse it and trash your customer relationships. We’ll also get to a lot of other valuable ideas in our Business Brief including insights into building a great leadership team, a checklist to help you assess your emotional intelligence, some examples of how to connect your purpose to greater success and even some investment advice from some pretty smart folks.

Around the Web helps us expand our knowledge about several critical subjects we’ve been covering, from the growing crisis of growing garbage and the increasingly tragic consequences of the opioid epidemic. You can also take a guess at how big the world population will be in 2050 and, even grosser, how much saliva you generate in a lifetime?

No, I haven’t forgotten a little Humor to lighten the day and some wisdom from Andrew Carnegie. Since I hope you’ve set aside some vacation time this summer, I’ve also provided a CEO reading list with some great non-fiction choices along with a terrific action movie and the celebration of an incredible fiction writer in our What We’re Reading (Fiction) segment.

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Enjoy the 4th of July holiday weekend!

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | June 23, 2017

We’ve got this strange and wonderful world around us … and then just as I was Getting to the Point with so many fascinating tidbits from the world of business, medicine, health, psychology and culture … I hear In the Spotlight that Stephen Hawking is telling us to clear out, and that all humans need to leave the earth?

Maybe … but in the meantime, all of us need to keep working to Become More Effective Leaders, don’t we? If you’re one of us who’ve learned the hard way that Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable“, you’d be off to a good start by allowing me to explain in the Featured Article.

In our Business Brief, there’s a lot going on this week:

  • Logos have become the most important 1/4 inch in business,
  • New concepts like video billing have appeared,
  • There’s Leadership Lessons from winners and a loser, and
  • Insights from recent studies that show how power in many leaders can lead to brain damage … and more.

There’s also a lot going on Around the Web:

  • The New Dad is emerging from the most recent study,
  • Mini Brains may become sophisticated enough to attain consciousness,
  • There is a troubling link between legal pot and car crashes, and
  • Doug the Pug has become a superstar … and even more.

In the Do This segment, I’ve provided a short lesson as a follow-up to last week’s suggestion to see the difference between watching the actual event and reading someone’s summary about it. Last week was a long version for dedicated students. This week is the Cliff Notes version. I’ve also added a few more tips for your iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) in Under the Apple Tree.

You also don’t want to miss the latest saga of Bob Lee “the Nailer” Swagger in What We’re Reading – Fiction. There’s also a Movie and a TV series featuring Bob Lee. I’ve also mixed in a little Humor, and some sage counsel from the world of Ayn Rand.

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | June 16, 2017

This week we’re Getting to the Point with some valuable insights from the business world along with fascinating stories from the worlds of psychology, science, health and politics.

This week’s Featured Article, Apply these 7 Criteria to Decide If You’ve Got a Great Idea … or a Dud, offers some practical guidelines to help you “separate the wheat from the chaff” when it comes to considering all of the opportunities that come your way. In our Business Brief, you’ll get an update on Moore’s Law, see how Silicon Valley is trying to save California’s water supply and how Apple is trying to help U.S. Manufacturing.

In the Do This segment, I’ve combined my experience as a radio talk show host with my lifetime media observations to offer you a way to evaluate media bias for yourself. Our Around the Web segment will help you tell the difference between talent and genius, how the need to be popular is affecting our culture, the impact of the opioid epidemic on legitimate pain management and how soon you might be wearing your own jet suit. I’ll also offer more tips on how to use your iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) in Under the Apple Tree.

Over the weekend, relax and watch a captivating Movie, with another riveting performance by Robert DeNiro and learn in the Wide World of Sports what the Golden State Warriors did to rise from the ashes of last year’s stunning defeat. You’ll get a laugh in our Humor segment as you contemplate your next massage, but in our What I’m Watching segment, you’ll need to keep it together as you watch Alex Honnold ascend El Capitan without ropes. You also don’t want to miss the latest novel from Scott Turow in What We’re Reading – Fiction.

Happy Father’s Day, Dads. It’s great being one, isn’t it?

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | June 9, 2017

This week we’re Getting to the Point with some helpful advice from the business world along with some fascinating tidbits from the medical, scientific and tech arenas.

This week’s Featured Article sets out a simple approach to building a sales funnel to ramp up your top line revenue. In our Business Brief, you’ll also learn 6 Phrases to help you demonstrate active listening, a critical but too often overlooked ingredient of great leaders. You’ll also get some tips on planning a retreat with your team, the latest scientific thinking about howu to think and attack a business problem along with a fascinating story about the millions of dollars lost in stolen nuts in California (No, I don’t mean the residents).

In our From the Apple Tree segment, I’ve summarized some of the latest announcements from Apple, which Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, described in his keynote address on Monday. You don’t want to miss the amazing Apocalypse video there. You’ll also be happy to learn in our Geeking Out segment how Apple and Google are attacking advertisers who to not only block ads, but eventually block third party tracking.

Around the Web will show you why valedictorians don’t become millionaires, and answer one of the questions that’s always haunted you why are doughnut boxes are pink? If you’ve got kids who aren’t yet in college, there’s some powerful lessons about social media and how they can affect your child’s college application. You also won’t want to miss interesting news on the medical front and whether your annual physical does any good.

You can also relax and do some reading this weekend, either about a fascinating and frank woman in our We’re Reading (Non-Fiction) segment or another great novel from Greg Iles in our What We’re Reading (Fiction) segment. There’s also a few examples of Why Moms and Grandmothers Yell in our Humor segment and some thoughts on what it would be like in our Sports segment if the Golden State Warriors go 16–0 tonight to win the NBA Championship.

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | June 2, 2017

This week we’re Getting to the Point with some helpful advice from the business world along with some fascinating tidbits from the music, tech, media, military and scientific arenas. Be sure you don’t miss our Announcement about an important change in our Publication Schedule.

On an upbeat note, make sure you Do This by reminiscing with me about what Rolling Stone named as the #1 Greatest Album of All Time. Continue your nostalgia tour with a look at our Featured Article which considers the 101 years of the Indy 500 and, most importantly, the 5 Powerful Leadership Lessons you can take from it.

In our Business Brief, you’ll find the CEOs Reading List and the Key to HR Success. You’ll also learn why Amazon is opening book stores and what the acknowledged leading expert is saying about Internet Trends. You don’t want to miss more iOS tips for your iPhone and iPad in our From the Apple Tree segment … and you shouldn’t miss the latest updates on how to apologize for your mistakes (and how not to) which is covered in the From the Library segment.

Our Around the Web segment is also chock-full of goodies. You’ll read about why you trust you favorite media but not mine and about skyscrapers made of wood. You’ll also understand how a whale can weigh 300,000 pounds when you see how many hot dogs we eat. In the “it’s about time department”, you’ll meet a few of the first women graduates of the U.S. Army Infantry School.

A quick roundup in the Wide World of Sports takes a look at the NBA Championships underway and the passage of a baseball legend. In addition to the lessons from the Indy 500 I mentioned in the Featured Article, a little Humor from the golf world snuck in here, too.

You can also relax with some great binge-watching options in our What I’m Watching segment, a good movie you’ve probably never heard of in Movies or with Dennis Lehane’s latest novel described in our What I’m Reading – Fiction segment.

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