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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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“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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Al’s Perspective

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

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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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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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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“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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RSU’s: Restricted Stock Units – 8 Essential Insights

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“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.”. – Tom Waits. ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES : Marta had just received a graduate degree as an Artificial Intelligence Engineer, and was recruited by several large employers.

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“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is so very easy to miss it.” ” – Boris Pasternak. So true, and so very true in work and career.

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“Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.” ” – Albert Einstein. In an age in which feeling offended seems so common a feeling, sometimes by accident, sometimes it even seems intentionally, how should you respond?

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Words Have Power – Avoid “Fair” and “Unfair”

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Words Have Power. Try to Avoid the Words “Fair” and “Unfair” at Work. They are often self-defeating. More often than I wish, clients share with me that they seek “fairness” at work, and sometimes, too, that they want to file a complaint about “unfairness.”. In my experience, use of the words “fair” or “unfair,” or variations of them, at work, more often than not do not help, but instead hurt, even where it seems reasonable, appropriate or necessary. For two basic reasons.

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“How did things ever get so far? I don’t know. It was so unfortunate, so unnecessary.” ” – Don Corleone, “The Godfather”. It happens to everyone, every once in a while: a difference becomes a dispute becomes a war. “It It is so unfortunate, so unnecessary.”

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“When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.” ” – Ernest Hemingway. Don’t let the starkness – or darkness – of this quote hide its living message: Don’t forget to have some fun. Don’t ever stop doing things simply for the fun of it.

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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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TRENDS @ WORK – Bully Boss’ed is the New “MeToo”

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Bully Boss’ed is the New “MeToo”. It’s a trend, and a growing trend: the workplace is becoming more uncivil, at times hostile, and more often than we’d like, downright brutal.

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The time is past due; today, I must express my Very Deepest Concern. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am the son of a refugee who arrived on a boat, and who feared her whole life being “sent back.”. I am someone who, at a young age, was separated from my own family. When we moved to the suburbs, my first experience – at age 2 – was to be beaten by older kids due to my family’s religion. Yet, from a young age, I was so very fortunate to be the recipient of the kindness of strangers.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“There is no one luckier than he who thinks himself so.” ” – German Proverb. This is a pure and penetrating insight into the power of perspective. We can pity ourselves, we can enjoy ourselves, or we can empower ourselves, simply by how we choose to see ourselves.

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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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Do You Know. that Stalking, including STALKING AT WORK, is now a CRIME in most States?

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It’s not just a violation of company policies, but is even punishable by IMPRISONMENT. That is something that most employees don’t know, and even something that even most lawyers don’t know, either. What is stalking?

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“So much has been given to me, I have no time to ponder what has been denied.” ” – Helen Keller. Helen Keller was left blind and deaf by an illness at age two.

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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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Your Personal Brand at Work – Ten “Brand Boosting” Expressions

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“If you are not a brand, you are a commodity.”. – Philip Kotler. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY : I’ve always been comfortable with – actually, I’ve always enjoyed – both the concept and the process of branding myself. It just seems to make sense to me, and I’ve found it to be a fun challenge, too. I mean, who is going to use my services or purchase my products if they don’t have an overall sense that it would be worthwhile to them to do so?

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Did You Know That. Employer-Paid Moving Expenses are Now Taxed as Employee Income?

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Yes, the 2018 “Tax Reform” law in the U.S. made employer-paid and employer-reimbursed relocation costs – even when your moving is requested by the employer – income to the employee, and thus taxed to the employee? Yikes!

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“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.” ” – Simone Weil. This observation upon the human experience is, to me, extremely profound, near universal and very powerful.

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