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Insights on leadership, entrepreneurialism and management

  • Negotiations

    Negotiations

    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Negotiations01.mp3The give and take required for successful negotiation stymies the stubborn. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn and guest host Rob Artigo discuss fundamentals of negotiating and how to be successful even when you aren’t getting everything...

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  • Leadership Begins with Kindness

    Believe, love, do. Could business leadership be a three-step process? No. It is an art and there are a million confounding situations. But all leadership requires these three basic elements for your employees to embrace you, your company, and...

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  • Work teams and motivation

    How Teamwork in the Workplace Helps Boost Morale

    If you want a lesson on team morale and its criticality, just look to American soldiers in World War II and Viet Nam. These were very different times, exceedingly different public networks of morale, and as history tells, very...

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  • Achieving Success at Any Age

    “Success” is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Ipso facto, as long as you have a purpose you can be a success. Being “successful” can occur at any age, from youth to the retirement home. It...

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  • 18 Ways That You Can Be Better at Communication in the Workplace

    “I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” An old joke, but painfully true. Though we humans more or less invented...

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  • Semiconductor, AI and IP

    Who would have thought that Google, Tesla, Facebook and Cisco would someday be considered semiconductor leaders? Well, I did. Having launched Micrel, a semiconductor company I ran for 37 years, I frequently saw the industry shifting. That non-chip companies...

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