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  • How to control events and employees without actually controlling them

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    Dictators are typically unpopular and short-lived. It is little wonder. People are by nature free agents, and resist being...

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  • Passion and stress: Firing up the team without burning them out

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    Passion is a good thing. During the 37 years at the helm of Micrel, we fired up our employees...

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  • Momentum: how to keep employees engaged and energetic for the entire year

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    Keeping people engaged and energetic for the entire year, or an entire decade, is like auto maintenance. The dials,...

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  • Entrepreneur New Year’s Resolutions

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    With a new year breaking, people across the world are penning lists of resolutions, many of which won’t last...

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  • When Bonuses Aren’t

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    A $100,000 Christmas bonus check will certainly get your receptionist’s attention. An oil and gas company in Texas did...

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  • Semiconductor fabrication controls

    Post Consolidation in Semis

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    The good news is that the latest semiconductor industry consolidation is set to wind down, and the entire industry...

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  • Xerox Almost Killed Us

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    Adapted from Tough Things First, by Ray Zinn Xerox was responsible for a Micrel policy because they shook our...

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  • Frugality, VCs and Enduring Companies

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    An excerpt from Tough Things First, by Ray Zinn It was a 1954 Ford coupe. Like many men on...

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  • Entrepreneurs Are High Hurdlers

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    Adapted from Tough Things First, by Ray Zinn Running the high hurdles isn’t easy when you are vertically challenged....

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  • Entrepreneurial Stall Horns

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    Adapted from Tough Things First, by Ray Zinn My stall horn sounded, telling me I was about to crash...

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  • Ray Zinn - happy employees

    The Secret to Employee Happiness

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    What CEO doesn’t wish for an office filled with happy, creative and hyper-productive employees? The fact is, CEOs who...

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  • Procrastination workshops postponed

    Four steps to stop entrepreneurial procrastination

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    I saw Warren Muller, my co-founder at Micrel, pulling an oil tray from under his automobile and pouring the...

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  • A Company Divided Against Itself …

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    To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, a company divided against itself cannot stand. The foreshadowed collapse comes from office politics, a...

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  • Scaling and Asparagus

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    Startups are too often like asparagus. Asparagus is an odd food. It grows very quickly (which makes it a...

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  • Silicon Valley - Map of major vendors

    Celebrating Silicon Valley Endurance

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    Silicon Valley is learning the difference between price and value, which is also the difference between bottle rocket and...

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