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  • Procrastination workshops postponed

    Four steps to stop entrepreneurial procrastination

    I saw Warren Muller, my co-founder at Micrel, pulling an oil tray from under his automobile and pouring the oil back into the car’s motor. He had been doing this for quite some time because he felt that taking...

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  • A Company Divided Against Itself …

    To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, a company divided against itself cannot stand. The foreshadowed collapse comes from office politics, a recurring concern for corporate leaders. The essence of any organization is cooperation. Volunteers in non-profits cooperate to address social ills....

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  • Scaling and Asparagus

    Startups are too often like asparagus. Asparagus is an odd food. It grows very quickly (which makes it a profitable crop), but it grows mainly by storing water, and because of this it contains only a few nutrients. A...

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    Celebrating Silicon Valley Endurance

    Silicon Valley is learning the difference between price and value, which is also the difference between bottle rocket and enduring companies. A recent Economist article, “Empire of the Geeks,” celebrated Silicon Valley while warning about its insular financing model....

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  • Smarter CEOs: How to manage your presence

    Seth Godin recently identified some reasons why CEOs can be stupid, and he almost found the central theme (almost, but not quite). CEOs are human, and as such they fall prey to human emotions. One of the trickiest human...

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  • Building Boomerang Employees

    Boomerang employees are proof that your corporate culture is healthy. “I knew that Micrel was the best place that would allow me to grow and develop,” said one of our boomerang bunch. Long ago I noticed that Micrel has...

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