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Insights on leadership, entrepreneurialism and management

  • The key to hiring the best employees

    Micrel had the lowest employee turnover rate in the American semiconductor industry, and the highest rate of boomerang (returning) employees. I personally have hired hundreds of people and Micrel hired thousands. Hiring the right employee matters more than most...

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

    Oddly, very few people are prepared for job interviews. In 37 year of running Micrel, and in the process becoming the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, I have interviewed thousands of people. Knowing that hiring someone is like...

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  • How to control events and employees without actually controlling them

    Dictators are typically unpopular and short-lived. It is little wonder. People are by nature free agents, and resist being controlled. In a market economy, micromanaging employees – to be their dictator – causes the smart ones to leave and...

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  • Passion and stress: Firing up the team without burning them out

    Passion is a good thing. During the 37 years at the helm of Micrel, we fired up our employees with plenty of passion – for their work, our industry, even for their community. Passionate employees and passionate leaders make...

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  • Momentum: how to keep employees engaged and energetic for the entire year

    Keeping people engaged and energetic for the entire year, or an entire decade, is like auto maintenance. The dials, gauges and steering wheel are there for a reason. People quit being engaged, and rapidly thereafter quit being energetic, when...

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  • Entrepreneur New Year’s Resolutions

    With a new year breaking, people across the world are penning lists of resolutions, many of which won’t last a month. Entrepreneurs, though, have better than average tenacity, and their New Year’s resolutions shape their lives, the lives of...

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