What We All Believe In: Fairness

Published on February 4th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

Refugee Children

When I was 2 years old, my family moved from the city to the suburbs. My brother was 4. My first memory of our new home was of getting beaten up by three boys, who were 5, 5, and 10. It was because “my kind” was not welcome in the new neighborhood.

I have never felt anger at those boys, and I feel none now. They were just acting on what they had been taught at home.

But since then, many times I have wondered what made their parents tell them such things, and why “my kind” was so unwelcome so as to deserve a beating.

I think, too, of the 2-year-olds who are now refugees, and see and hear, every day, how unwelcome they are in their new neighborhoods, no matter where their parents try to bring them. My mother was a child refugee, who came here with her mother and aunt; her father “never made it.” I always wondered about that, too.

I believe in fairness, and have dedicated much of my life to fairness. I am not a liberal and I am not a conservative. You might say I am both, because both believe in fairness; they just disagree about what “fairness” means. To a child, it can’t mean being beaten up, or worse, because of the skin, ancestry, religion or home they were born into.

If you have visited this website seeking fairness at work, of course you are welcome. This website is built and maintained for that very reason. I only ask that, in turn, you try to “do fairness” and “speak fairness,” and, also, to teach fairness to your children.

Al Sklover               

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

“Non-Solicitation Agreements – Ten Practical Questions”

Published on February 2nd, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

Question: Dear Alan: I was laid off two weeks ago from my position at a marketing firm. In my severance agreement, there is a “Non-Solicitation” clause that says this:

“I agree that, for six months, I will not, directly or indirectly, solicit, contact, or identify any of the Firm’s clients or prospective clients on behalf of any person or company.”

I have decided to open up my own marketing firm and have several questions for you. Can you please answer them. Thank you

Erica
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Answer: Dear Erica: Here are my answers to your questions:
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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on February 1st, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

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“The trick is to turn your wounds into wisdom.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Painful experiences at work, at home, and elsewhere can really take their toll. Disappointments, tragedies and meanness can really do their damage. Sure, wounds eventually heal, but scars often remain. The question is whether you permit those difficult experiences to blind you, or, rather, use them to deepen, enhance and focus your vision. No question: Oprah’s got it right.

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

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“Can I be sued for poaching an employee from my former employer?”

Published on January 26th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

Question: Three months ago I took a new position in my industry. I have now been given the formal approval to assemble a team of my own. I know of a colleague who works for my former employer, who would be a most favourable addition to my team.

Might I be sued for poaching an employee from my former employer?

Brijesh
Stanmore,
Greater London, UK

Answer: Dear Brijesh: I am not entirely familiar with English law on this subject, but arranged to have a colleague in London review my thoughts, which I am told are applicable in the UK, just as they are in the U.S. Here they are:
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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on January 25th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

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“The only thing that really has to be done before next Tuesday is next Monday.”

– Jennifer Yane

At work, nearly every day we’re faced with deadlines. Ever wonder where that word comes from? It seems that in Civil War Confederate prisons, there was a line separating prisoners from non-prisoners. If you crossed that line, the guards would shoot to kill. The word sure does have a harsh sound to it. But don’t fret deadlines too much. If they’re real, respect them. If you can, extend them. If they’re self-imposed, don’t over-impose them, on yourself or others. Unless, that is, you work in a Confederate prison.

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

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Alan L. Sklover

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