Leadership

  • 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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  • Exporting Silicon Valley

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    It is time to export Silicon Valley. Several intersecting trends make this a necessity. The Silicon Valley success formula...

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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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  • Asking the right question

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    There is an old adage that says one should seek to understand before seeking to be understood. I say...

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  • Making Every Day Your Best Day at Work

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    The spouse of one of our employees contacted me regarding his wife, taking time from his work day to...

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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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  • Success Through Adversity

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    Adversity is like manure; it stinks but it helps us grow. If any one lesson could be imparted to...

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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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  • Entrepreneur Stress

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    “If it wasn’t for the stress, I’d never get anything done!” Every entrepreneur gets a bucket of stress, but...

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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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  • 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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