“You expect me to believe THAT??!!”

Published on July 19th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

Craziest Reasons for Calling in Sick

It really is true: 7% of all American adults who drink milk believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

According to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy, 16.4 million milk-drinking adults are of that belief.

At work, bear that in mind: perhaps 7% of your colleagues, customers and even managers view and understand the world and how it works very differently than you do. Some have views that are truly odd.

And, too, keep your presumptions limited, your expectations on the lower side, and your communications as clear as possible.

By the way, that same survey showed that 20% of Americans who eat hamburgers believe hamburgers are made of ham. No one, apparently, asked what color pig the ham came from.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on July 17th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

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“Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.”

– Shelby Steele

Want a new client or customer? First, you must “sell” the value of your product or service to them. Want a raise or promotion? First, you must “sell” your value to your employer. Want a new job? First, you must “sell” yourself to the new employer. Effort is the “horse” that pulls the “cart” of opportunity. Always been that way; always will be. It’s a challenge if you accept it; a continual disappointment if you don’t.

This quote was offered to us by Patrice of Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Much appreciated, Patrice. If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at vanessa@executivelaw.com.

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Al’s Perspective

Published on July 11th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

“How the Aborigines Make It Rain.”

I have read that many people believe that a certain group of Aborigines in Australia can make it rain by dancing. And that one day, a city mayor requested their assistance during an urban drought.

Sure enough, they danced, and sure enough, it rained.

When the city mayor asked the tribal chief how they made it rain, the chief replied, “It’s very simple: we dance until it rains.”

Perseverance is the key to almost every success. Just keep dancing until it rains.

Just a thought I wanted to share, while I dance my own dance.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on July 10th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

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“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

– Roy Disney
Co-Founder, Walt Disney Company

This is a saying that I consider on a daily basis, with my children, with my clients and with myself. I sometimes say, “What is the ‘true north’ on your personal compass?” In what order of priority do you value health, fun, family, money, integrity, power, empathy, prestige, purpose in life, and other things? So long as you’ve given that question thought – and honest introspection – daily decisions are actually quite easy to make. In fact, for those who know their values, important decisions are often made before the need to make them arises.

This quote was offered to us by Mark P, of Brooklyn, New York. If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at vanessa@executivelaw.com.

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Just a Reminder: Express Gratitude At Work Today

Published on July 5th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

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.

Not false gratitude, but real gratitude, for the little things, the big things, and all the things in between, that people do that is kind, helpful and supportive.

Hey, even regarding your least favorite person at work: be grateful he or she is not even worse!

Gratitude, appreciation and thanks are always best shared with others. “Silent gratitude isn’t worth much to anyone” was something Gertrude Stein, the great writer, often said.

Expressions of thanks lift others, motivate others, and sometimes even help others become more thankful, themselves, for those around them.

It is truly a secret of those who enjoy job security and greater advancement, at work, and at home, too.

So take a moment today to express simple gratitude to one or two of your co-workers at work. Even a very simple, “I appreciate having you here.” It is good for them, good for you, and just plain good for all.

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Gratitude – the daily sweet that has no calories.

 

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Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

Employment Attorney
and Career Strategist
for over 30 years

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