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  • Who Moved the Cheese?

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-RobertBarker-Cheese01b.mp3The ability to pivot is not only an option in business, but also a necessity. In this Tough Things...

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  • Inflation Nation. How We Got Here. When it Will End.

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-Inflation01.mp3From lumber prices to gas prices, all the way down to toilet paper, everything is more expensive. A New...

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  • The Evolution of Semiconductor R and D

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Quinn-RandDEvolution01.mp3It’s the technology that transformed nearly every aspect of our lives and holds the promise of a totally unpredictable...

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  • Whatever it Takes. No Excuses.

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-RobertBarker-WhateverItTakes01.mp3Ray Zinn is joined by his former CFO at Micrel, Robert Barker, to discuss the culture of success fueled...

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  • Tubes to Wafers: The Evolution of Semiconductors.

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Quinn-ChipChanges01.mp3Few industry leaders have the breadth of knowledge Ray Zinn has achieved in semiconductors. Over his lifetime, the evolution...

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  • Supply Chain Have You Down?

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-SupplyChain01.mp3The term “supply chain” can be defined simply, but its complexities bring advantages and vulnerabilities the world over. In...

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  • If it’s Too Good to Be True…

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Rob-ElizabethHolmes01.mp3Silicon Valley has had more than its share of global market game changers, but also a larger than average...

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  • The Great Resignation. Is America’s workforce slump here to stay?

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Ray-Barker-GreatRecession01.mp3One headline read: “…the Great Resignation may be followed by the Great Regret.” But how long will that take?...

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  • Essential Leadership Part 10

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/EssentialLeadershipPt-10-01.mp3Actions before words. How leaders benefit from avoiding the same mistakes. When does a leader’s appearance matter? In this...

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  • Essential Leadership Part 9: “Leaders, they are of integrity.”

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/EssentialLeadershipPt-9-01.mp3Leaders can inspire a culture of integrity in any organization, but what is more effective, words or actions? As...

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  • Essential Leadership Part 8

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/EssentialLeadershipPt-8-01.mp3Successful leaders establish trust with their clients, customers, and employees. It doesn’t stop there. Part 8 of our special...

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  • Essential Leadership: Part 7

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Essential-Leadership-Pt-7-01.mp3These words sound the same, but a leader needs to know the difference. In Episode 7 of our special...

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  • Essential Leadership: Part 6

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Essential-Leadership-Pt-6-01.mp3You can learn on the job after failing, but if you want to beat the odds? Part 6 of...

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  • Essential Leadership - Episode 5 with Ray Zinn

    Essential Leadership: Part 5

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/EssentialLeadershipEp5-01.mp3How we carry ourselves and dress at work affects our ability to lead. But professional bearing doesn’t end there....

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  • Essential Leadership - Episode 4 with Ray Zinn

    Essential Leadership: Part 4

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/EssentialLeadershipEp4-01.mp3Founders and visionary CEOs can have passion, both real and imaginary. In Episode Four in this Tough Things First...

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