Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on February 8th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

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“Trust one who has tried.”

– Virgil

At work, and especially during difficult times at work, pay close attention to the views of those who have “tried” and, thus, speak with the “voice of experience,” whether they have won or lost. On the flipside, don’t give much credence to the views of those who have never tried. By their never having tried they say, in effect, “Even I don’t have faith in my own words.”

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

[This quote was provided by SkloverWorkingWisdom Member Dan of Detroit, Michigan. If you would like to contribute a favorite quote, saying or proverb, please submit it to us at].

Chinese New Year

Published on February 7th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

Monkey sitting on a pedestal. Chinese 2016 New Year symbol

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.

This New Year is the Year of the Monkey. Those born in “monkey years” are lively, quick-witted, innovative and mischievous, as well as smart, intelligent, and especially so in their career and wealth. In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life.

At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck.

During this 15-day holiday period, we wish all of our visitors of Chinese ancestry, and all of our other friends, family, visitors and readers, as well, a New Year full of good fortune, good cheer and good health.

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

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

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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