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“At Work, Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth”

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“If you’re not careful, the bow on a gift box can strangle you.”. – Unknown. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY : Jordan was an Assistant VP of Customer Relations for a large manufacturer of Medical Equipment. He’d been in the industry for six years, ever since his college graduation.

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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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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“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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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.

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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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“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. Some people think that, if you ask for what you believe you deserve, or what you are worth, then you are “too ambitious,” “overly aggressive,” “demanding,” or even “ungrateful.” Don’t fall prey to such nonsense.

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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“What the world needs is a new kind of army – an army of the kind.” ” – Cleveland Armory. A few days ago, on a very hot morning, while walking my dog I saw three sanitation men halt their truck, and pour ice water all over each other from a plastic bucket, frolicking like ten–year-old–boys. When the bucket was empty, one of them placed it on a neighbor’s front porch.

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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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. So many issues to address, so little understanding of what is going to be next week, next month, next year, no guidelines or “rules” to follow. All that said, we cannot give up. Day by day, step by step, moment by moment, we need to do what needs to be done, and follow what we know to be the right things to do.

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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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. And – oddly – it is exciting in a certain way. Exciting? When we emerge from this “darkness” around us – and we will – we will be wiser and stronger for the struggle we have faced.

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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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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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“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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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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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“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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“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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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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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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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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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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Sklover’s Thoughts for the Work Week

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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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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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