Welcome to Sword Tips, the Exkalibur newsletter, which scans the landscape to bring you timely and meaningful resources about life, liberty and the pursuit of what’s interesting and relevant to our lives.
We’ll continue to update the format and presentation of the Newsletter, adding additional content in the areas of Leadership, Productivity and Accountability.
We’ll also sprinkle in our popular quotes and other materials to help you Become a More Effective Leader, Accelerate Your Career Growth and Build a More Successful business in the coming years.
Whassup in the Workplace?
Here are 3 quick takeaways that managers should apply:
- Let your employees know when a deadline is flexible.
- Emphasize that asking for more time doesn’t signal incompetence but rather a commitment to high-quality work.
- Enact a formal workplace policy on project extensions.
Bosses can help employees remember what the office has to offer—from a better desk setup to brainstorming opportunities—and provide new inducements like flexible schedules or on-site daycare.
- Color-coded wristbands can help colleagues signal their openness to a hug.
- It’s important to schedule 10 minutes of travel time between meetings, and
- It’s tough to get some people into meeting rooms with masks if they can join a video call without a mask from their desk.
It turns out that yawning is a good thing, increasing blood flow to the brain to cool it to its optimal temperature.
It’s apparently NOT a sign of boredom, but represents a struggle to stay alert because you ARE engaged in the current activity.
And, yes, it is strangely contagious. Watch the short video about this universal phenomenon that affects all vertebrates.
Now You Know!
The orange dot is telling you that your iPhone microphone is being used by an app. It’ll appear when you use voice memos, maybe briefly after you close out of your camera, or if you’re using any app that exclusively records your voice.
The green dot is telling you that your iPhone camera is being used by an app. You’ll see it when opening your camera, or taking pictures on Instagram, Snapchat, or any social media app that allows you to take pictures and post them.
No reason for concern, but now you know.
From the NHL: “Ice is approximately 3/4″ of an inch thick and is usually chilled at 16 degrees Fahrenheit. The thicker the ice, the softer and slower it becomes.”
I’d guess that’s a lot thinner than both of us thought?
Here’s a quick 4min video that explains this unique idea.
The 12 Pains of Christmas, 2021
I’ve updated this annual favorite and hope you enjoy The 12 Pains of Christmas.
Sing along to the tune of The 12 days of Christmas. Key of D# please.
Good News Corner
It doesn’t get much better than this: Bride wears tactile wedding dress for blind husband.
Let the Dinosaur tell you about extinction
If you’re interested in the challenges of climate change, this is a very clever approach to sharing information
🎄🎄🎅🏻🤶🏿🧑🏽🎄. The Holidays are Here! 🧑🏽🎄🤶🏿🎅🏻🎄🎄
If this doesn’t put a hop in your step and a smile on your face … we need to talk.