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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 | August 18, 2017

The sole purpose of Getting to the Point is Helping YOU Become a More Effective Leader, but of course, there is more to life than that so we cover much more that affects us, our families and our world.

I know you don’t want to miss the Solar Eclipse on Monday, so check out the Spotlight segment for a little knowledge & history along with a list of certified eyewear so you can view it safely.

In our Business Brief, you’ll get a few tips about how to use HR to become more competitive, learn a few tricks about how to motivate people, improve your ability to analyze your competition and discover which states are the best and worst in which to do business. Hint, California is at the bottom of the list … again. We’re also announcing our upcoming Leadership Course which will begin on Monday, September 18, so stay tuned for information on that.

When we scour the web, we’ll learn about bandaids for the heart, why our taste buds may actually be in our brains and why nature vs. nurture is NOT the whole story. We’ll also see why so many adults are obsessed with Disney cruises, although I hope there is no connection to some of the recent reports that America’s drinking problem is much worse. We’ll also learn about Apple’s billion-dollar leap into Hollywood production and why protecting your phone number may be more important than ever.

As always, we’ll get a few laughs, learn about the good news from Apple and ESPN about watching multiple football games at the same time, discover some of the most dysfunctional families on TV and read about the latest release from Marc Cameron with another of the SpecOps badasses keeping us safe.

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | August 11, 2017

The sole purpose of Getting to the Point is Helping YOU Become a More Effective Leader. For each of the topics 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.

There’s clearly a “crisis of confidence” in corporate America … in both a company’s ability to create the desired culture, as you’ll see in our Featured Article, and its success in Leadership Development programs as you’ll see in our Business Brief. I’m excited to report that’s a problem that Exkalibur University is tackling next month. You’ll also find some excellent interview questions you can use and a list of the essential eight technologies companies should watch.

But with all of our technology prowess, you’ll learn as we go Around the Web, that its effect on child development … not so great. As a parent, you’ll want to carefully consider some of the latest research about the how smartphones have destroyed a generation and the related increase in depression, anxiety and teen suicide. On the brighter side, you can learn about the science behind how the brain perceives beauty.

We’ll have a little fun, too, with a few laughs, a study of the fortunes in fortune cookies and how the top 50 musical artists fare depending on where you live … and a little less fun as we consider the rabid growth of partisan politics. There’s a great series of action movies for you to catch up on along with the latest badass SpecOps character from the pen of Brad Thor.

Make it a great weekend … and don’t stop leading.

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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.

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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | July 28, 2017

Facing challenges is nothing new for leaders, and in this week’s Getting to the Point, we’ll start in our Spotlight segment by addressing why more women don’t become CEOs. In our Featured Article, we’ll also consider how to make sure our Common Practices are truly Best Practices. We’ll see if you can name the #1 job held by men in the U.S. and then we’ll continue in the Business Brief, to look and learn about these issues:

  • Drug Tests Are Eliminating Growing Numbers of Workers
  • We Like Business More Than Its Leaders
  • Companies Seek Racially Offensive Trademarks
  • Yes, Culture Continues to Eclipse Everything Else, and
  • Bring Home All the Cash in Your Stash

When you’re Geeking Out, you’ll learn that the Deep Dark Web is NOT a Hoax and in Under the Apple Tree, you’ll see an example of someone trying to smuggle more than $100K in iPhones on their body. When you’re looking Around the Web, you’ll see how TV networks are actually speeding up shows to fit in more ads, how a new initiative is trying to determine if we’re alone in the universe and that there is such a thing as an ugly premium.

You’ll finally get a good laugh at the expense of consultants and from the Library, you’ll get another laugh at how many of your meetings might look. We’ll also catch up with Bob Lee Swagger in his 2nd TV season, learn about true grit in the game of golf and catch up to John Rain, the trained assassin in Barry Eisler’s novel series.

Did I forget you’ll also finally learn how to tie your shoes?

Make it a great weekend … but don’t stop leading.

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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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