Corporate culture

  • Workplace Diversity and The Path to Greatness

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    Genetics science tells us that life itself thrives via diversity. Your company does too. Like a species, mankind has...

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  • Jacob Marley - we are all in the people business

    Mankind Is Your Business

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    “Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity,...

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  • Executive Traits

    Executives and Promotions

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    What does one need to be promoted into the executive ranks? This was a question posed to me by...

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  • Personal brand

    Your Personal Brand

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    Iago knew of what he spoke of when saying, “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is...

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  • Your Problem Employee is The Dysfunctional-Functional Employee

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    One of the biggest mistakes that I made while running my company Micrel for 37 years was to hang...

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  • Begging for a Return to Respectful Communications

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    Because we are all uniquely different human beings, it is not surprising that the chances are that most people...

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  • Crafting The Ideal Workplace

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    A lot of people enjoy working from home, because to them it is the ideal workplace. So why isn’t...

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  • Changing Silicon Valley

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    Silicon Valley is working well, but is increasingly broken. We have venture capitalists to thank and blame for both....

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  • happy employees

    Success with People

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    Originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse “Mankind was my business,” wailed the ghost of Jacob Marley. In life, nothing is...

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  • Tough Things First Podcast

    Tough Things First Podcast Launches

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    The Tough Things First Podcast launched today. As if I were not busy enough. Several people have told me...

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  • The Employee Happiness Quotient

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    Unhappy employees don’t contribute much and rarely stay for long. Micrel, the semiconductor company I founded and led for...

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  • The key to hiring the best employees

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    Micrel had the lowest employee turnover rate in the American semiconductor industry, and the highest rate of boomerang (returning)...

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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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  • 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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