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Insights on leadership, entrepreneurialism and management

  • How business leaders choose to make innovation happen

    Three Innovation Engines

    How you innovate depends on what you are innovating. A lot of startups hate hearing that. They have the “magic wand” fallacy concerning innovation, that by bringing smart people together, magical things can happen. This is true in as...

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  • Entrepreneurial Pivoting During Disasters

    Entrepreneur, Prepare to Pivot

    SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) came around 2002. It was right at the end of the dot-com implosion. For me at Micrel this was the perfect storm. This precursor to today’s coronavirus epidemic was a make-or-break moment for many...

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  • Distilling an elevator pith is like polishing a diamond

    Polishing Your Business Narrative

    Your business idea is like a diamond hauled from the dirt. You have to clean it off and polish it a hundred times before it glitters enough to attract the attention of others. That is the first step to...

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  • Team happiness and innovation

    Happy Innovation

    Many leaders don’t see the connection between happiness and corporate innovation. Well, at least until everyone is unhappy and nobody is doing anything worthwhile. People are at their most creative when they are happy. This doesn’t mean you have...

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  • Fearless pursuit of success

    What Stymies Success?

    Do people fear success? No. They fear what success requires or brings. Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. This requires effort and leads the person pursuing success into a new state of being. Since...

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  • Renegade Employees should be handled like fighter pilots

    Dealing with Renegade High Achievers

    I was a renegade employee. I got fired for it. That led me to becoming the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley. This historical tidbit helps to explain why I understand and have affection for corporate renegades and know...

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