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Make a “Go File”. Pleeeeeze

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Workplace Negotiating Insight No. 16: Make a “Go File”. Pleeeeeze. Observe and Learn: Life is unpredictable, and workplace life is especially unpredictable. You need to be prepared.

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Don’t be too Rational. It’s not Logical.

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Workplace Negotiating Insight No. 17: Don’t be too Rational. It’s not Logical. Observe and Learn: It happens quite often. clients share with me their frustration, their disappointment and their difficulties at work due to the seemingly irrational behaviors of others.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Each time you say hello to a stranger your heart acknowledges that we are all family.” ” – Suzy Kassem. One of my most enduring, enjoyable – and financially rewarding – client relationships started with a simple, “Hi, I’m Al. what’s your name?”

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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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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ” – Alice Walker. Who is Alice Walker? She is the amazing woman, born to sharecropper parents in rural Georgia in 1944, who became a world-renown essayist, novelist and activist. You may have seen the screen adaptation of her powerful and empowering novel, “The Color Purple.” Little early education. never held her back.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The palest ink is worth more than the best memory.” ” – Chinese Proverb. At work, so often what someone said, promised, represented, assured, objected to or complained about, is at the heart of a dispute.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The productive person doesn’t tell you how many hours they worked; they show you what they accomplished.” ” – John Gross. At work you have a choice, each and every day: either you are focused on what you accomplish, or you focus on the time and effort that goes into it.

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Workplace Negotiating Insight No. 15: “Standard Language”. There’s no such thing.

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It happens to me nearly every day; in fact, it happened to me just last week. When discussing language in a legal document with an employer’s HR or Legal representative, I am told “That is standard language. So, we can’t change it.”. I know why they say that: they are fearful.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The best solution seldom requires that someone be right and someone else be wrong.” ” – Robert Brault. So simple, so true, so wise, so powerful.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Working Hard. A Monday Poem” He worked by day and toiled by night. She gave up play and much delight. Dry books he read, new things to learn. And forged ahead, success to earn. He plodded on, with faith and pluck, And when she won, they called it luck. – Author Unknown.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ” – Arthur Ashe. I just can’t stop reading and rereading this quote. At work, don’t moan over your lowly position; instead use it to impress those around you in order to get one step higher.

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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! 2018 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

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Incorporated by Reference – Key Words & Phrases

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What is the meaning of: “ Incorporated by Reference ” ?

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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 2017 – our TENTH year of publication – successful beyond our expectations.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” ” – W. Clement Stone. It could not be simpler, or more powerful: unless you have a clear idea of where you are headed, and why, chances are you will meander along the way. As some people say, “What’s the end game?”

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what the sunflowers do.” ” – Helen Keller. I hope you know the story of Helen Keller, who became both blind and deaf at the age of 19 months.

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Did You Know That.

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the expense of using the services of an Executive Coach, Mentor or Recruitment Agency to assist you in navigating job and career challenges and opportunities may be Tax-Deductible. Wisely navigating career opportunities and addressing career issues has become more challenging than I’ve ever seen it.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.” ” – Albert Einstein. This seems to be a thought-provoking version of the old saying that “Actions speak louder than words.” It also sheds great insight into negotiating for yourself at work.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“In war, there are no uninjured soldiers.” ” – José Narosky. Over many years of my life, I have come to believe that only by confronting unfairness and impropriety directly, “head on,” and without fear, is it possible to change the status quo.

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Congrats to Us!!

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Our Three Millionth Visitor. Yes, that is what I said: Three Million Visitors. We are both very pleased and quite proud to have grown to be a source of workplace insight and empowerment for over three million employees, worldwide.

2018 130

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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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but rather a molder of consensus.” ” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Consensus permits us to move forward in unity, amidst harmony, with shoulder to shoulder. E Pluribus Unum , “ From Many, One.”

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We’re pleased to offer another new “Model Letter”:

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“Requesting a Shorter Garden Leave”. Employees seeking to resign and move on to better opportunities in their careers are often faced with a stumbling block: a “Garden Leave” obligation that requires they remain with their present employer for 30, 60, 90 or more days.

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President’s Day

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“A man who wants to lead the orchestra. must turn his back on the crowd.” ” – Max Lucado. The Presidency is a kind of podium. It is an opportunity to lead. It promises nothing but the opportunity to lead by vision, example and inspiration. Today in the U.S.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ” – Michael Jordan. While none of us wants to fail, we learn so very much from failing. about ourselves, about others, and about the way the world works.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.” ” – Spanish Proverb. Habits, the good and the bad. So much of life is determined by our habits. Either they pull you down each day, or they carry you further along the way. And that applies very much to workplace habits, too.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful.” ” – Alexander Kjerulf. Interesting notion. being happy at work will make you successful. It sure helps motivate you to higher accomplishment.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Anybody who is not pulling his weight is probably pushing his luck.” ” – Adi Da. These 12 words convey so well my overall view of making a living in the 21st century. You need to be of value, make sure your value is known, and then ask for your value in return.

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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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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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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“If you really want something, you bring cash.” ” – B.B. Legendary Blues Guitarist. Promises, promises, promises.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The world is worse because the newspapers are better.” ” – Unknown Author. Just a reminder not to let the day’s news get you down – whichever “side” you may be on. Whatever is taking place, here, there or beyond, is known to us in seconds.

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Just a Reminder: Express Gratitude At Work Today

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Every once in a while, we take a moment to remind you of perhaps the easiest, yet most effective, way of to gain an important kind of leverage at work: being a person who expresses gratitude to managers, colleagues and subordinates.

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Workplace Negotiating Insight No. 10: No Road Signs

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Agreements without Page Numbers, Section Headings, or Paragraph Letters are Trying to Hide Things from You.

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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.

2017 130

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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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Enough is a feast.” ” – Buddhist Proverb. In this “never enough” world in which we live, this proverb surely offers a refreshingly different perspective. In the investment world, this year’s profits not exceeding last year’s profits is often viewed as an abject failure.

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“People inspire you, or they drain you –. pick them wisely.” ” – Hans F. Hanson. This is not only true, but it seems to be getting truer each and every day. There are those who almost always “lift you up” and there are those who almost always “drag you down.”

2017 130

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.

2017 130

Cancer, Job Applicants & the Law – Eight Most Common Questions Answered

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“Whoever said winning isn’t everything. wasn’t fighting cancer.”. – Author Unknown. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY : Theresa, 48, an experienced Architectural Draftswoman, was seeking to return to the workforce after not working for four years. After hearing of a job opening at a large architectural firm for which she seemed perfectly suited, Theresa submitted her resume, and she was soon asked to come for an interview.

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