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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. 2020 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited. The post For Thanksgiving Day: appeared first on Sklover Working Wisdom. Uncategorized Recent Post

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” ” – Jewish Proverb. If you can’t see the photo above, please [ Click Here ]. At work, at home, and everywhere else, we are each carrying a very heavy set of burdens.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” ” – Joseph Campbell. At home or at work, whether we realize it or not, each of us travels down a “path” of sorts.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.” ” – Arnold Schwarzenegger. I know people who have come from humble origins, without the prettiest of faces, supportive family relations, the best of health, or financial advantages.

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“Hate. Throughout history, it’s caused a lot of problems in the world. But it hasn’t solved a single one yet.” ” – Maya Angelou. Hatred. Where does it come from? So very much of hatred comes from ignorance, fear of “others,” anger over perceived bad treatment.

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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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Our First-Ever Political Endorsement.

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“Jesus came into this world not as a philosopher or as a general, but as a carpenter. All work matters to God.” ” – Timothy Keller. Work, toil, effort, labor, care or creation – whatever you want to call it – is precious.

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VOTE SOON!!

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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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“Inhale the future, exhale the past.” ” – Unknown. Breathing. it’s something that most of us aren’t used to thinking about. It just, well, sort of happens.

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“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.” ” – Amelia Earhart. Tenacity. Persistence. Doggedness. Strength of will. You’d be more than amazed at what you can achieve. if you really want to achieve it.

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In Blessed Memory: “Notorious RBG”

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Last week we lost a “Giant,” less than five feet tall, and less than 100 pounds, yet a monument to humanity, a really smart, tough “cookie,” a powerful mind and an even more wonderful heart. we all knew she was “there,” fighting for every person, and we all were moved to tears when she passed.

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“We’ve got to find common ground before we can find higher ground.” ” – Elijah Cummings. Elijah Cummings was a very wise man, who accomplished a great deal by working with others.

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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ” – Alice Walker. Without question, “perceived powerlessness” is the number one issue I most often need to address with my clients when they face problems and opportunities at work.

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A Note to Our Jewish Friends.

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Our Best Wishes to all. Our Friends of The Jewish Faith – and all others, too – for a Sweet, Happy, Healthy, Safe and. Prosperous New Year. 2020 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited. The post A Note to Our Jewish Friends. appeared first on Sklover Working Wisdom.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s what you’re made of. Not your circumstances.” ” – Unknown. Now, that’s an interesting thought for this upcoming work week, and for this entire Covid era, as well. These are tough times, in many ways, for us all.

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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.

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“’No’ simply means begin again one level higher.” ” – Peter Diamandis. The several messages behind this quote come to mind in my work most every day.

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“The worst disease in the world is not AIDS, or leprosy, or cancer. The worst disease in the world is to be nobody to anybody.” ” – Mother Teresa. There are so many people in the world who feel that they are nobody to anybody. That they are not heard. That they are not cared for.

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“Any major dude will surely tell you, my friend, any amount the world falls apart will surely fall together again. When the demon is outside your door, in the morning he won’t be there no more. Any major dude will tell you.” ” – Steely Dan, “Any Major Dude”.

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“Honey, people will be fine when you take what they give you. But, oh, no, dear. be careful if you ask for more.” ” – Kamala Harris’s Mother to Young Kamala. How astute. What a great lesson.

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“What the world needs is a new kind of army – an army of the kind.” ” – Cleveland Armory.

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“The only time we lose is when we give up.” ” – Cesar Chavez. Boy, oh, boy. things sure seem “complicated” at work, at home, and in our daily lives.

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“The night will pass. Then we will have work to do.” ” – Rumi (Persian Poet, 13th Century). It seems that 800 years ago, they had their own dark times. And, then, when the night passed, they had “work to do,” too, just as we will. That is for certain, it’s just a matter of time.

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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. Some people feel they should be able to smoke cigarettes and cigars in restaurants and stores, and feel it is an infringement of their freedom.

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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. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. We are now entering the New Year of the Rat. The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals.

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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. You name it, I’ve negotiated it. In that time, many times I’ve heard it said “We agree to that. but we can’t put it into writing,” for some reason or another.

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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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Al’s Perspective

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My View: “Not Paying Employees is Both A Crime and a Sin.”. I don’t have any intention of getting involved in politics of any kind, and I don’t mean to take “sides” in the current debate over who is responsible for 800,000 federal employees working without pay, or being put on “furlough,” whatever that means. We are all responsible, and we all should be ashamed. It is both a crime and a sin to not pay employees.

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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. I so much miss the friendly “hiya’s” and smiles and hugs of those that I saw weekly at the yoga studio. They didn’t seem like “big things” then, but I miss them “bigly” now.

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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. And the simplest answers arise out of our basic values. Like a compass, a review of our values always points us to the answers we seek, like the joy of light in the dread of dark times. Respect is a basic, simple, foundational value.

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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. When my mother was a child, she arrived in New York harbor on a boat, and she no doubt saw Lady Liberty standing there, all by herself. At that moment, I’m certain my mother felt less alone.

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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. There’s a lot that needs to be resolved before we can come to understand, and possibly even enjoy, the “new normal.”

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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. Like my son, Sam, once told me, “Father’s Day is just like Mother’s Day, only I don’t have to buy a present.” Oh, well…being a father is still my favorite hobby.

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“This tiger you don’t drive; this tiger you must ride until it goes to sleep.” ” – Infectious Disease Expert. There are some things in life that we just cannot control. Instead, we must accept them in our lives until they give up control. Like a hurricane coming toward us. We can’t control it; all we can do is protect ourselves and those we love until the storm “decides” to pass us by or subside.

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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.” ” – Michelle Obama. Thank you, Michelle for such an important and powerful reminder.

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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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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. It is not anonymous, but highly personal, containing the names of over 52,000 people killed in service. It can be touched, and powerfully touches back.

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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. But, no matter what, as Stevie Wonder sang, “The rosebuds know they bloom in early May.” That won’t stop, no person or virus can stop that, no matter what.

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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. That is because what your employer wants is the key to you getting what you “want, need and deserve” from your employer.”. Especially in times of difficulty and distress, so often we focus on “I want, I need, I 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. In case anyone hasn’t said it to you yet, THANKS for all you do, all you’ve done, and for the zillions of things you will do tomorrow and the day after that, too. 2020 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited.

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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.” It is a holiday traditionally celebrated by those of Mexican heritage with friends and family to commemorate a battle in 1862 in which a small number of Mexican troops miraculously triumphed over a vast invading French army. It is a celebration of civil rights and social justice. It is not, as many believe, the Independence Day of Mexico, which is September 16th.

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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. The nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters, hospital cleaning staff, grocery workers, respiratory therapists, and so, so, so many others.

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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. Not just you, but all of us. Sometimes, we can’t brush our teeth, shave or shower. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed. All of us. These are such times, and those feelings are – in this circumstance – acceptable.

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