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Insights on leadership, entrepreneurialism and management

  • 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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  • When Bonuses Aren’t

    A $100,000 Christmas bonus check will certainly get your receptionist’s attention. An oil and gas company in Texas did just that. Not only for their receptionist, but for every employee from the front office to the front desk. This...

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  • Semiconductor fabrication controls

    Post Consolidation in Semis

    The good news is that the latest semiconductor industry consolidation is set to wind down, and the entire industry will do better in a year or two. This comes none too soon given the number of companies that have...

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