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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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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Al’s Perspective

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

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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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“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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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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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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“A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory.”. – Mark Twain. In life, and especially in work life, none of us is pure, perfect or without fault.

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Happy New Year

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To All of Our Blog Readers, Friends, Clients and Colleagues: “Our BEST WISHES for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful NEW YEAR”. Thank you so very sincerely for making 2019 – our TWELFTH year of publication – successful beyond our expectations.

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Happy Kwanzaa

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Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanzaa,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.” ” It is a celebration of family, community and culture of those of African descent worldwide, celebrated from December 26 through January 1 of each year.

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Merry Christmas

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To all our Readers, Friends and Colleagues, regardless of faith: Our Best Wishes to You and Your Family for a Very Merry Christmas. This holiday is one we have all come to identify with as a time of joy, a time of giving, a time of wonder, and a time of warmth.

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“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”. – Winston Churchill. Well said, Winston! At work, as elsewhere, difficulties and conflicts inevitably arise, and often when and where you least expect it.

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Happy Hanukkah

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On This First Night of Hanukkah – A Message for all our Friends, Regardless of Faith: Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of “the light,” the miracle that it exists, and the miracle that it endures. Each of us can be a “light unto the world” in our own lives.

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“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.”. – John Lennon.

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“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”. – Frank Scully. Could it be a coincidence that nature places its sweetest rewards just outside of easy reach, in this way daring us to engage in a moment of courage and faith?

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“Be simple, but go deep.”. – Constance Hale. I want to share a simple quote that has served me well over my career. “Be Be Simple, but go deep.” Constance Hale, Sin and Syntax , 2001.]

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For Thanksgiving Day:

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“On many holidays, we celebrate our independence. On Thanksgiving, we acknowledge our dependence.”. – William Jennings Bryan. 2019 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited. The post For Thanksgiving Day: appeared first on Sklover Working Wisdom

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Labor Day

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Labor, work, toil or endeavor. Strain, struggle, travail or exertion. No matter what you call it, it comes from within. At work, keep up your spirit, your faith and your passion in all you do, for each day your work gives birth to a better world. Remember that it all begins, and ends, with what’s inside of you.

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“If you are afraid of wolves, don’t go to the woods.”. – Russian Proverb. Preparations are now underway for promotions where you work.

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“Relationships are a constant negotiation and balance.”. – Claire Danes. It is so true: relationships of every type involve negotiation and balance, a multitude of large and small “gives and takes” of every kind that must address the desires and needs of those in the relation.

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Veterans Day

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Veterans, We Appreciate All You Have Done, All You Have Sacrificed, and All You Have Defended. – From All You Have Served.

Election Day

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”. – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I don’t care what anyone says: though politics may be corrupted by big money, full of egotistical grandstanders, or stuck in a gridlock, voting is important.

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“It is not the whistle that moves the train.” ” – D.V. Rangarajan. Making things happen at work. real and significant things. takes more than raising one’s voice, spouting one’s value, claiming questionable credit, or being in some vaunted position.

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This Halloween:

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“With a Child’s Eye, Delight in De Light of the Day.” ” – Al Sklover. So many pumpkins, so little time. It is a day of costumes and candy, of giving treats without demanding a clean room or homework be done in return. It is a special day for all the kids.

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“Why do they call it rush hour even though nobody moves fast?” ” – Robin Williams. Perhaps, for the sake of accuracy, we should replace it with “slow motion hour?” I don’t know how it is where you live, but where I do it seems we need to do something.

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In Memoriam: Elijah Cummings, A Very Good Man. “Elijah Cummings and I were political opponents. We were also good friends. We always tried to understand why each of us believed what we believed.” ” – Trey Gowdy, Former Republican Congressman.

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“When I was young, my teachers were the old. Now that I am old, my teachers are the young.” ” – Robert Frost. Last week, I hosted a lunch for a group of friends and family. I had the good fortune to be seated next to a six-year-old boy.

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“Anyone can be remarkable if they have something truly remarkable to do. Set remarkable goals for yourself, and get to work on achieving them. Then, watch in amazement as you become remarkable.” ” – Marelisa Fabrega. Remarkable people are just like the rest of us.

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Paid by Net Sales, Net Profits, Net Revenues? – Always Ask, “Net of WHAT?”

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“The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY : After seeking a job in the growing 3-D Printer industry for several months, Corey gladly signed an Offer Letter for a job on a Sales Team for a high-end 3-D Printer manufacturer.

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Job Security Secret: “It’s a pebble. not a mountain.”

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Job Security Secret: “It’s a pebble. not a mountain.”. Employers look for this attitude, and do all they can to retain those with it. A few months back, I learned that I need a surgery, one that would require only a single night in the hospital. Still, some nights I fretted about it, and about the recovery period, too. A few days ago, I bumped into a friend who also needs a surgery, but his is for brain cancer.

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“To Persuade, First Agree” – A Critical Negotiating Insight

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Workplace Negotiating Insight No. 8: “To Persuade, First Agree” A Critical Negotiating Insight. Observe and Learn: It is so often the case at work that we want to persuade others – customers, colleagues, clerks or even CEO’s – that our view, our idea or our plan is better than their own.

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“A true leader is a servant, not a master.” ” – Robert K. Greenleaf. What does the lead goose do at the front of the flock? Understands the mission. Shows the way forward. Divides the headwinds, making it easier for others. Is a real role model.

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