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  • Jan172017
    Article

    Asking the right question

    There is an old adage that says one should seek to understand before seeking to be understood. I say we have two ears and only one mouth for a reason – because we need to listen twice as much...

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  • Jan102017
    Article

    Rusty Golden Handcuffs

    The history of American slavery notes that some slaves reluctantly accepted their shackles, knowing that their harsh life at least provided shelter and food. Yet they wanted to flee. This is frighteningly like how employees relate to golden handcuffs....

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  • Nov222016
    Article

    Your Problem Employee is The Dysfunctional-Functional Employee

    One of the biggest mistakes that I made while running my company Micrel for 37 years was to hang on to those employees who are extremely functional in that they produce a lot of high-quality work, but were dysfunctional...

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  • Nov182016
    Article

    Making Every Day Your Best Day at Work

    The spouse of one of our employees contacted me regarding his wife, taking time from his work day to call and thank me. “Thank me? For what?” Enthusiastically he said, “Since my wife joined Micrel, she has become a...

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  • Nov152016
    Article

    Begging for a Return to Respectful Communications

    Because we are all uniquely different human beings, it is not surprising that the chances are that most people are not going to see it our way. Very few of us hold the same view on almost any subject....

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  • Nov102016
    Article

    Five Ways to Make Your Company More Employee-Centric

    I know many companies feel that if you don’t take care of your customer, somebody else will. At Micrel, the semiconductor company that I ran for 37 years, I told my employees that they were number one. One of...

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