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What I teach my children is how to use tools - of all forms. Whether it is social tools, woodworking tools, language tools, or software tools, I believe a key to success in the world is knowing how to discern and select the right tool for the job and how to employ it well. My kids know how to fix cars, build with wood, write English, and make Windows work on their computers. Their grounding as skillful tool users will stand them in good stead as our world changes around them.
Scott Sandler, President and CEO, Novas Software, Inc.

My children (6 and 8 years old) are very busy little girls, reflecting their love of life and learning (as well as their parents' chronic tendencies to over-commit!). Despite their hectic schedule at such young ages, I try to teach them the importance of integrity in all that they do. Integrity is not a piecewise or selective value, but rather a fundamental character trait that once lost, is difficult to regain. More than hard work, more than adhering to ethics in difficult situations - integrity unifies one's basic response pattern to life. If my girls can sense this true connectedness across people, places, and situations in the world, then I can rest easy with the decisions they will make, even on their most hectic of days.
Steven Schulz, President and CEO, Silicon Integration Initiative

Probably the most important lesson I've taught my kids is to do what is right, no matter how difficult it might be. Case in point: my son backed his truck into another car in a parking lot recently. Instead of leaving the scene, he left a note to the car's owner notifying them of the mishap and my son's contact information. Though the owner was upset, she was complementary of my son's honesty. And even though he will have to pay for the damages, he feels better about himself. In our private lives and in business, these days in particular, it's best to do what is right!
James Spoto, President and CEO, Applied Wave Research, Inc.

I hope that I'm influencing by example the way my nieces, my nephews and granddaughters relate to the world. Keep an open mind at all times. Use every experience as an opportunity to learn. Embrace change when it makes sense (it'll happen anyway). Be direct, honest and respectful with yourself first, then others. And when all else fails, laugh! It exercises muscles, burns calories and feels good inside.
Laurie Stanley, Wired Island PR

Actually, I often feel that my children teach me more than I teach them. They teach me how simple and logical life can be, and they keep my negotiating skills sharp! But most important of all, in the midst of whatever apparent crisis I am dealing with; they teach me what is really important.
David Stewart, CEO, CriticalBlue

What I teach my children:
- Character is number one - Integrity is the most important quality for a person.
- Always do more than expected - Over deliver and under promise.
- Take the initiative to make good things happen instead of waiting for others.
- Serve your community and fellow citizens - Make it a habit to solve other people's problems.
- Understand the global environment and be curious about other cultures - The world is much bigger than just the United States.
Mike Tsai, President and CEO, Axis Systems

What I teach my children?
First thought: Life DOES come with a manual it's called the Bible.
Second thought: The most successful, content, joy-filled people we know in business and in life have the following:
- a Pacer: Someone older and more mature who is ahead of you in the journey who can point out life lessons they have learned
- a Racer: A peer who is journeying along with you in your life stage who can sharpen and encourage
- a Tracer: Someone younger and coming on your heels who can glean from your journey
Third thought: When something goes awry (and it will!) don't sulk in the why's. Ask, what can I learn from this? This attitude certainly helped our sons when our house burned down last year - we've all learned a lot.
Karen (VitalCom PR) and Dennis Tyrrell, parents of two teenage boys.

I tell my kids the world is rich in diversity among its cultures. In the U.S., specifically, there are three factors that WILL make you successful. Nothing else matters - not grades, not which school you went to, or anything like that. These factors are:
The art of public speaking;
A hunger for success.
Naeem Zafar, President and CEO, Silicon Design Systems, Inc.

I don't have kids, just a kitten at this point. What I'm trying to teach him could fill a book, starting with not attacking me and using the sandbox! Come to think of it, that also applies to children.
Andrea Zils, Edelman Public Relations

Finally - why I have stopped trying to teach our children

In responding to the request for feedback, several people asked me to tell them what I teach our children. In reality, I shudder to think … How to procrastinate. How to have bad penmanship. How not to hang up your clothes at the end of a long day. How to interrupt and interfere. And these are just the good habits - the list of bad ones is even longer. But somehow, despite many efforts to the contrary, they appear to have grown up to be marvelous young people. Our family is probably a lot like yours. Imperfect parents raising perfect children - living out a miracle that seems to repeat itself generation after generation. How it happens is a mystery, but that it happens is as obvious as the children standing before us.

So now our kids are 18, 20, and 21, and I think we've finally given up trying to teach them anything. That's not to say we have given up easily, however. The following was posted on our 18-year-old's bedroom door last spring after multiple attempts on the part of his parents to offer food, assistance, and valuable advice during a long weekend of cramming for his four Advanced Placement exams. He's gone off to college now, but the notice still hangs on the door as a reminder to us that our job, at long last, is done.

Do not Enter
Do not Disturb
Do not Knock
Do not ask if I need help
Do not ignore any of the above

Industry News - Tools and IP

0-In Design Automation has released Version 2.1 of its (Assertion-Based Verification) ABV Suite. The company says that the new release supports the use of formal verification in integrated static flows prior to simulation, and that enhancements include additional assertion checkers, two new protocol monitors, support for numerous RTL constructs from the Verilog-2001 standard, and support for assertion constructs from SystemVerilog and the Property Specification Language (PSL).

Curtis Widdoes, 0-In Chairman and CTO, is quoted in the Press Release: “Although all our customers using formal verification also use simulation, there are times in a project when simulation may be unavailable. For example, a designer may want to run analysis on a block even before the verification team has set up the simulation environment. The integrated static capabilities in V2.1 allow the designer to get started with verification early in the process, running both automatic design checks and formal verification.”

0-In Design Automation also announced that it has released two new items in its portfolio of CheckerWare monitors for standard interconnects. Per the Press Release: “One is an entirely new product and 0-In's first entry specifically geared toward the storage products market - the monitor for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). 0-In also announced a major upgrade for its PCI-X CheckerWare monitor to conform to the recently announced 2.0 version of the standard. The SAS and PCI-X 2.0 monitors can be used in simulation, including hardware acceleration and emulation, as well as in both static and dynamic formal verification. The two monitors are available with Version 2.1 of the 0-In Assertion-Based Verification Suite.”

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