Management

  • Employee Performance Metrics, Innovation

    Performance Metrics and Innovation

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    There is a natural conflict between standard employee performance metrics and innovation. Being Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO I...

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  • Automation, employment and the future

    Automation and Work

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Automate01.mp3Automation isn’t going away. As the use of AI technology and robotics seize ground once firmly occupied by the...

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  • Board of Directors selection

    Board of Director Selection

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    Not long after finding traction, a green CEO will need to establish a real Board of Directors (BOD), and...

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  • Negotiations

    Negotiations

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    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...

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  • Leadership Begins with Kindness

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    Believe, love, do. Could business leadership be a three-step process? No. It is an art and there are a...

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  • Work teams and motivation

    How Teamwork in the Workplace Helps Boost Morale

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    If you want a lesson on team morale and its criticality, just look to American soldiers in World War...

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

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    “I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what...

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  • 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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  • mergers and acqusitions

    M&A, Growth and Strategy

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    Some companies can’t seem to grow organically. This may be due to market maturity, shifting market realities, or even...

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  • Tech Cycle Survival

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    When I launched my semiconductor company, I was betting my family’s entire future on a widely cyclical industry. I...

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  • Why So Many Tech Companies Are Having Difficulty Surviving After Five Years

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    FitBit, one of the high-flying consumer tech startups, priced their IPO at $20. Today it is trading for less...

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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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  • Rusty Golden Handcuffs

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    The history of American slavery notes that some slaves reluctantly accepted their shackles, knowing that their harsh life at...

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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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  • Picking your first Board of Directors

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    Congratulations! You have grown your business to the point that you need a board of directors (BOD). The good...

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