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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” ” – Jon Kabat-Zinn. That is such a “large” and important point: so many “little things” and “little moments” are far from “little.” Now that my yoga studio of many years has closed, I am attending yoga classes online.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“If you find a face mask to be too uncomfortable, it is not likely you will find a ventilator any easier.” ” – Stephanie, an Emergency Room Nurse. What more is there to say? Some people don’t like wearing car seat belts, and feel it is an infringement on their freedom.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Respect science. Respect nature. Respect each other. That is all we need to do.” ” – Tom Friedman. How might we overcome the growing worldwide crisis of the Covid-19 virus? So often our most difficult questions require only the simplest answers.

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Independence Day

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“The bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves.”. – Peggy Noonan. You might not have thought about it, but Lady Liberty always stands by herself. The quest to be free, and to help others be free, is first and foremost an internal quest.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.” ” – Voltaire. So much in our lives seems to be “up in the air.” So much seems unsettled, if not unsettling.

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Father’s Day

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“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.”. – Jim Valvano. All dads know the truth: being a father is all about giving. This is the day you hope to hear, just this once, “Thanks.” Hold on to that thought; it may be a year before you hear it again.

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Contracts Matter. A Lot

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“We agree, but we can’t put that into writing.”. I’ve spent 38+ years negotiating contracts. all sorts of contracts and agreements. Employment Contracts. Compensation Agreements. Partnership Agreements. LLC Agreements. Severance Agreements. Board Director Service Agreements.

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Chinese New Year

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On This First Day of the Chinese New Year – A Message for all our Friends, Regardless of Ancestry: Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all of the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

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Memorial Day

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“It is not where you serve, but how you serve.” ” – J. Rubin Clark. If you have not visited the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., please consider doing so. It is not flashy or grand, but simple and direct, like the men and women it honors.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“They can cut all the flowers but they can’t stop the spring.”. – Pablo Neruda. In so many ways, these past few months have been difficult ones. At work, at home, in each of our lives, and the lives of our loved ones. That’s for sure.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“The person who knows only his side of the argument knows little.”. – Karl Barth. This quote expresses well what I often counsel my clients: “When negotiating at work, don’t focus your thoughts on what you want, need or deserve.

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Mother’s Day

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“God could not be everywhere and therefore he invented mothers.”. – Jewish Saying. To every mother, grandmother, and great grand-mother out there, THANKS. Today is Your Day. It’s even named after you.

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Cinco de Mayo

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To All Our Friends Who Celebrate. Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo literally translates from Spanish as “Fifth Day of May.”

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Keep Calm and Nurse On.”. – Handwritten Sign on an Emergency Room Wall. Nothing in this world amazes me more than the truly unbelievable dedication to others shown daily by our “essential workers,” those whose efforts are essential to all of our well-being and survival at this time.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“It’s OK to not be OK.”. – Brian Stelter. With the blessing of life there comes not just joy, but also sorrow, grief and pain. Sure, we all try to keep ourselves “above water,” but sometimes we just can’t do that. Or get to sleep at night, or out of bed in the morning.

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On This First Day of Ramadan

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– A Message for All our Friends Who Observe This Holy Month: As the crescent moon is sighted, and the holy month of Ramadan begins, may Allah bless you and your family with happiness and grace you with warmth and peace!! 2020 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited.

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Al’s Perspective

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My View: “Not Paying Employees is Both A Crime and a Sin.”.

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Time on Your Hands? – Get Valued Credentials Online

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To Our Readers: At this difficult time, we are not focusing all of our energies on the great difficulties presented to us by the coronavirus. Rather, we’re focusing on your difficulties and opportunities after the coronavirus is gone.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“True Leaders know the way, go the way, and show the way.”. – John R. Maxwell. We always need leaders. We have a greater need for good leaders in times of crisis. The simple fact is that some people are better at leading than are others.

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New Feedback

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Lately we have received a lot of wonderful feedback. We hope you don’t mind our sharing one recent and heart-warming example with you. Note: Next month, Vanessa will be my “right hand” for 21 years. We continue discussing who is “The Boss.”): The Boss (Vanessa), BACKGROUND: Hi Vanessa and Al.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“In some Native languages the term for plants translates to ‘those who take care of us.’”. ’”. – Robin Wall Kimmerer. Want peace? Consider plants. It is without question that they are a great source of serenity to so many. As you nurture them, so do they nurture you.

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Happy Easter

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To All our Friends Who Celebrate Easter: The Essential Message Of Easter is Hope. Is there any better Message to Celebrate? Happy Easter! 2020 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved. The post Happy Easter appeared first on Sklover Working Wisdom. Uncategorized Recent Posts

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A Passover Thought

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To All Our Friends Who Celebrate. Passover: The name of the Passover holiday is derived from a prayer that the Angel of Death “passes over” each of our homes, sparing each of us the grief that comes from loss of our loved ones. Sadly, with the “plague” among us, it is of current relevance.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Social Distancing is Misnamed. It should be named Physical Distancing.”. – Al Sklover. It is very, very important that we each remain at home, to the extent we can do so, in order to reduce and, hopefully eliminate, the virus illness affecting the world right now.

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“Waterfall Distribution” – What’s That? The Private Equity Pitch to Employees

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A Note to Our Readers: At the time we are posting this Newsletter, the world is encountering the multiple tragedies of the coronavirus experience.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”. – Stephen Covey. In good times and bad, in easy times and difficult, it’s important to keep in mind that so very much of who you are is a product, not primarily of your circumstances, but of your decisions.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Yesterday’s gone, and tomorrow is blind. That’s why I live one day at a time.”. – Willie Nelson. Want a great way to reduce your stress, especially in stressful times? Many of us have found that it surely helps to continually remind ourselves to live life one day at a time.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“There is a set of advantages that have to do with material resources, and there is a set that have to do with the absence of material resources – and the reason underdogs win as often as they do is that the latter is sometimes every bit the equal of the former.”. – Malcolm Gladwell.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“I don’t associate with people who blame the world for their problems. You are your problem. You are also your solution.”. – Melissa McCarthy. How simple, how true, how right, how “right on.” You’ve been given the gift of life, and it’s your life to live.

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“If You Sign Something At Work, SAVE A COPY” – A Critical Workplace Negotiating Insight

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Workplace Negotiating Insight No. 9: “If You Sign Something At Work, SAVE A COPY.” A Critical Workplace Negotiating Insight. Bob” worked for his employer for 9 years. In his first week on the job, he signed an Offer Letter, Confidentiality Agreement, and a receipt for an Employee Handbook.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Being brave is not the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear, but finding a way through it.”. – Bear Grylls. At the moment, significant uncertainties abound us. These uncertainties might affect all aspects of our lives, including our work lives. What’s the best response?

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”. – Noam Chomsky. At work, in career, and in all of life, you need to look forward, and look upward.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“What goes around comes around.”. – Paul Crump. Isn’t that what wearing a mask is all about? I wear a mask to protect you. You wear a mask to protect me. We all wear a mask to protect others, including our families, loved ones, colleagues, friends, neighbors and everyone we come into contact with. It doesn’t take much. Please. Wear a mask. Want to Comment? Please Contact Us [ Here ]. Want to Share?

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“When you begin to carry your own water, you learn the value of every drop.”. – African Proverb. This is so, so true, in all aspects of life, and in work, as well. Carry your own water” is a way of saying “take care of yourself.”

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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On this. Valentine’s Day. We wish all of you. To have. A loved one, To be. A loved one, and. To be One. Who loves. All of us LOVERS at Sk LOVE rWorkingWisdom.

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New Feedback

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Lately we have received a lot of wonderful feedback. We hope you don’t mind our sharing one recent and heart-warming example with you: Mr. Sklover, I’m a long-time fan of your wonderfully helpful site and really appreciate your articles full of wit and wisdom. Your recent “It’s a pebble.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“We all need to learn how to speak American.”. – Brian Williams. Yes, we do. At work, and elsewhere, we all need to learn to speak simply, converse with diverse people, without the “jargon” and outside the usual words of your particular job, industry, profession or neighborhood.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”. – Vince Lombardi. I like this quote because it points to both the futility and the utility of seeking perfection. Of doing your very best, and letting go when you do.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Optimism is a force multiplier.”. – Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State. There is nothing that can make people, and groups of people, more effective in their tasks and successful in achieving their goals than is optimism.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.” ” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Every now and then there appears a person who reminds us of our highest aspirations.

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“Side Letter” – Use to Amend “Standard” or “Existing” Agreements

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“If you can’t change your mind, then you’re not using it.”. – Bashar Kushandwizdom.

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“The stone age did not end because we ran out of stones. It ended because we invented new tools.”. – Ahmed Zaki Yamani. At work and elsewhere, new tools lead us to new technologies, and new technologies so often lead to profound improvement in our lives.

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