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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | May 26, 2017

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

Once again, the civilized world contends with an unspeakable terrorist act, this time in Birmingham, England at the Ariana Grande concert on Monday. We share the grief and extend our condolences to the friends and families of the victims of this tragic event. There’s an unlimited supply of related stories, but in our Spotlight segment, I want to focus on The Horror of an Attack Targeting Young Women.

Our Upcoming Events segment bears witness to the sacrifice of our fallen heroes who we remember over this Memorial Day weekend. Take a moment from your busy day … shed a few tears as I always do … and remember the sacrifices they have made through the years … and continue to make every day … at great risk … but with an unwavering dedication to the service of their country.

In our Business Brief, learn the 9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit, how the airlines are making their money (it’s not what you think) and the various perspective that apply to the minimum wage. And, yes, they really are able to 3D-print a wall. Our Featured Article, 7 Simple Steps to Build Vital Flexibility into Your Company’s DNA offers important guidelines to help you avoid the kind of mishaps that can cripple your company.

In our Geeking Out segment, you’ll see why your phone and you are going to be BFFs and how tech is helping with the homeless problem. Make sure you look Under the Apple Tree for some great iOS tips you’ll love. As we look Around the Web, you’ll learn about the “Amazon Effect” on garbage bills*, how digital medicine is changing our lives** and why beauty is absolutely in the eye of the beholder.

We’ll add a little Humor to illuminate how wise we get as we get older. There’s also a good Movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Bacon, and in What We’re Reading – Fiction, the latest Cotton Malone thriller that revels in some incredible history that is not altogether fictional.

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Hi. I’m Your Mobile Phone. I’m lost and I can’t find my owner.

We’ve become very dependent on our mobile phones, haven’t we? Losing it is super frustrating … and can be super expensive.

I ‘ve been through this exact scenario recently, so I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned. Follow these steps to make sure you’re prepared for something that will inevitably happen to you or someone in your family.

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Like it or not, most of us are tethered to our phones like a puppy on a leash. If you don’t think you are, no problem. Leave it home today and see if you can do it again tomorrow.

We have it with us at all times and get pretty flustered when we don’t have it with us.

This is a long email as there are several choices you can make both BEFORE as well as AFTER your phone has been lost. I would suggest you at least consider the BEFORE options now so you don’t have to deal with the much greater challenges AFTER your phone is missing.

What if you can’t find your phone?

But, what happens if you can’t find it. Maybe you left it …

  • In the back of a taxi
  • On an airplane
  • Maybe in the hotel room which is now an airline flight away
  • Gee, did I leave it on the table at the restaurant?
  • I really have no idea where I left it
  • By now, maybe it’s been stolen?

Follow These Steps to Protect Your Phone

Keep reading to learn the steps necessary to protect your lost phone …

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The 4 Do-or-Die Principles of a Leakproof Productivity System

When you look at this image, do you see your Personal Productivity system at work?

You can fix this leaky bucket. It’s not that hard if you faithfully and relentlessly apply these basic principles.

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Over the last several years working with Bay Area CEOs and with members of the Exkalibur Leadership Forum, I’ve learned that personal productivity improvements are one of the most important ways in which every CEO and business executive can Become a More Effective Leader.

Why?

Two Major Reasons … but many more.

First, it allows you to devote more time to the things only you can uniquely do … whether as a business leader, CEO, mother/father or spouse.

That’s why they’re paying you the big bucks – to do the things only you can uniquely do. If you don’t what only you can do, why do they need you?

Keep reading for the 4 Do-or-Die Principles of a Leakproof Productivity system

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The 8 Most Powerful Letters in Your Productivity Toolkit | Video

Just when I thought we had covered the waterfront with respect to accountability, I’m reminded of the linchpin of true accountability – the very simple concept of FOLLOW UP.

During my conversations with CEOs, I’m repeatedly reminded of how remarkably little attention is paid to this simple concept.

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Why do we ignore follow up?

It seems so obvious I wonder why I’m writing about it … and yet, routine follow up is often ignored in the hustle for the next opportunity or when there just isn’t another finger to put in the dike.

This isn’t a new problem and it stretches across all of the aspects of our lives. Five years ago, the New York Times even lamented about the lapse in our social manners reflected by people’s failure to respond to RSVP invitations, much of which I’d chalk up to this follow up laxity.

It’s a process that is halfheartedly pursued by so many that it’s no wonder so few things get done on time – or at all.

We expect the other person to get it done

There are a number of reasons for this you may recognize in yourself.

Don’t miss the video & the 7 Simple Steps to create a powerful Follow Up routine

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Productivity: The Single Powerful Feature That Makes Evernote Indispensable

We’re good at saving paper, aren’t we? Too bad we’re lousy at finding them again right when we need them.

Evernote is used by 300 million people to keep track of those thousands of pieces of paper, yet so many have missed the most powerful reason to be using it.

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Another Powerful Feature from Evernote. It’s my favorite!

 

How often have you struggled to find a file?

Probably more often now than ever?

Digital Storage and Going Paperless

We have more ways than ever to file, store and backup the countless pieces of our digital lives.

That part’s good.

But, we have a zillion more files. There’s a ton of stuff we want to keep for reference … share with others … more stuff we’re holding onto “just in case’ … and there is no end in sight.

Going paperless is a dream of many and I’ve worked pretty hard to get there.

Where we really struggle isn’t just saving stuff. We save a bunch of everything.

Finding it again just when we need it? Not so much.

Don’t miss these details about Evernote’s most powerful feature

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