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  • Jul132017
    steps to success
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    Five Plus Steps to Success

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    Leave it to engineers to reduce the formula for success to a mathematical equation. Ps = 1 - Pf...

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  • May302017
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    AI, automation, employment

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    Many captains of technology are openly predicting the demise of humankind from advancements in automation and artificial intelligence (AI)....

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  • Apr032017
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    Life Can Be the Pits

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    “This isn’t fun!” Life – including the mundane moments, unmet expectations, and plain old enduring – seems like a...

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  • Nov102016
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    Five Ways to Make Your Company More Employee-Centric

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    I know many companies feel that if you don’t take care of your customer, somebody else will. At Micrel,...

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  • Sep072016
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    Episode 22: Key to hiring the best employees

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-22-Key-to-hiring-the-best-employees.mp3Hiring really good employees predisposes your company toward success. But how do you do this? Ray Zinn knows how,...

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  • Aug172016
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    Episode 19 – Being Driven but not Being a Slave Driver

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-19-Being-Driven-but-not-Being-a-Slave-Driver.mp3Entrepreneurs are driven. How can they remain driven without driving their employees crazy? Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO...

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  • May042016
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    Episode 6: Challenges, faith and focus

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    http://toughthingsfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/Tough-Things-First-Podcast-Episode-6-Entrepreneur-challenges-faith-and-focus.mp3Entrepreneurs must stay focused, keeping their eyes on the horizon. Doing so makes seemingly insurmountable obstacles look like fun challenges....

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  • Feb182016
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    What every employee should know when he’s looking for a new job

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    Oddly, very few people are prepared for job interviews. In 37 year of running Micrel, and in the process...

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  • Nov102015
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    Xerox Almost Killed Us

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    Adapted from Tough Things First, by Ray Zinn Xerox was responsible for a Micrel policy because they shook our...

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  • Nov052015
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    Frugality, VCs and Enduring Companies

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    An excerpt from Tough Things First, by Ray Zinn It was a 1954 Ford coupe. Like many men on...

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