Management

  • Mar272017
    Article

    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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  • Jan102017
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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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  • Nov222016
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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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  • Sep172016
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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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  • Aug162016
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    Debt: the toothsome tiger

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    Cheap money is like cheap food. It tempts some people to overeat. Money has never been cheaper. Some nations,...

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  • Aug092016
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    The Advice to Follow … Or Not

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    “You shouldn’t work for anyone.” That odd advice came from my boss over 40 years ago. It was insightful,...

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  • Jul072016
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    Cash and Your Kingdom

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    No company ever failed when it had cash in the bank. This simple rule evades too many executives, from...

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  • Jun222016
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    Episode 13: The unintended consequences of misguided policies

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-13-The-unintended-consequences-of-misguided-policies.mp3Policies. Nobody likes to write them. Some employees refuse to live by them. But Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO...

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  • Apr212016
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    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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  • Mar312016
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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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  • Mar102016
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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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  • Mar032016
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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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  • Jan192016
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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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  • Jan132016
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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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  • Jan072016
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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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