Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on June 18th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

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“I’m not concerned that machines will begin to think like humans. I am very concerned that humans will begin to think like machines.”

– Tim Cook, Apple CEO
Supporting Limits On
Children’s Screen Use

Often without our awareness, technology performs wonders; so, too, without our awareness, does technology cause harm. The more we stare at “screens,” and respond to “screens’ needs, the less we engage with people, and their needs. Even more than adults, children who spend a lot of time engaging with “screens” limit their growing abilities to engage with people, and their needs. Limit your and your family’s “screen” life, and you will be enhancing your own and your kids’ social, spiritual, educational and family lives, the lives that really count. Ponder that for a moment.

This quote was sent to us by Ava from Loudon, New Hampshire. On behalf of our entire blog “family,” thank you for this very “human” contribution.
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Father’s Day

Published on June 17th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

“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. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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Two (or More) Job Opportunities? – 18 Elements of Comparison – [Part 1 of 2]

Published on June 12th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

Difficult Choices

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

– Roy E. Disney

NOTE: This Newsletter is of considerable length, befitting its importance to so many. For this reason we are presenting it in two installments, this first including Elements of Comparison 1 through 9, the second including Elements of Comparison 10 through 18. The second installment will be published next week. “Stay Tuned.”

ACTUAL CASE HISTORY: Danielle, a senior marketing executive, was quite unhappy in her job. Her employer’s management was extremely dysfunctional. Sales were soft for many reasons, and, of course, much of it was blamed on her and her team. With 21 years experience, she knew her team was running on all cylinders, but even great marketing can’t undo an outdated product, an insufficient marketing budget, and almost daily interference with marketing decisions imposed by the CEO’s wife.

Without her reaching out, she was contacted by a recruiter with a very intriguing opportunity, with (a) better salary, (b) but lower bonus opportunity, (c) greater retirement benefits, but (d) later retirement age, (e) a new, exciting product line to market, but (f) a small marketing budget that gave her limited discretion. The position also came with a three year contract, but it required relocation to a city she’d never before even visited. A confusing list of advantages and disadvantages, positives and negatives.

To say it was a hard choice to make would be an understatement. Danielle knew the positives and negatives of her “bird in the hand,” but didn’t know what she would experience with the “two in the bush.”

Working with Danielle was one of my favorite client experiences. It involved first identifying, and then weighing, her personal values, career planning, life goals and difficult choices.

In the end, she made the move to the new job, and fortunately has never looked back. In hindsight, it was surely the better choice, but as they say, “Hindsight is 20-20 vision; the harder ‘sight’ is ‘insight.’”

These days many people face this dilemma, as company after company seeks to improve its human capital, expand, or just “see what is out there.” If you are in this situation, or if you receive two job offers, the decision between or among your available job opportunities might be a difficult one. Even if you find the decision an easy one to make . . . are you sure you considered all of the factors that are wise to take into account?

LESSON TO LEARN: Depending on your personal preferences, brand and skillset, as well as whether we are in “good” or “bad” economic times, it may seem that job opportunities are depressingly scarce or wonderfully abundant. Whether job opportunities are scarce or abundant, employees often have occasion to decide between (i) leaving their jobs for other offered positions, or (ii) making a choice between two or more new positions offered to them at one time. It is common that comparison of two jobs, or two job offers, can be a difficult thing to do. It is often an “apples vs. oranges” comparison, and can get quite confusing. And, so, we offer you the same list that we offer our clients to make these difficult “apples vs. oranges” comparisons.

The list we offer below has another, somewhat unintended, advantage: It may remind you of one or more job opportunity components of comparison that you had simply not even thought about. Like a checklist of sorts, it may bring to the surface of your consciousness something that had been lurking in your mind, heart and soul, that had not yet come to the surface of your awareness.

For those facing the need to make a choice between “take this job or take that one,” below is what our clients have found to be the most important elements needed to compare, and a simple way of doing so. It is not scientific, it is not foolproof, but most of my clients who have used it reported back to me that it was extremely helpful. Hopefully, it will be for you, as well.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: When you need to compare two or more employment opportunities – whether it’s a choice between two different offers, or remaining in your present job, or accepting a new offer – you need to make your decision wisely, prudently and carefully. For that reason below we present these common elements of job opportunity comparison as a “tried-and-true” method of doing so.
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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on June 11th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

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“The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?”

– Arab Proverb

These days – more than ever – the words, phrases and sentiments that roll off your tongue, and find themselves in your emails, can have either devastating or adoring effects. An entire life’s work can go down the drain by a series of words; we have all seen it. Consider trying to tame your words with a mindful moment of careful forethought before you express yourself. Mindful expression is no longer a luxury but a reputational requirement.

This quote was sent to us by Chavonne of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Great contribution, Chavonne!. Thanks from our entire Blog Family.
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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on June 4th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

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“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

– Tony Robbins

I love Tony’s point: try something new, seek a different approach, observe what others have done to achieve greater fulfillment or success, and perhaps take a path you’ve never taken before. The world is changing, why shouldn’t you?

This quote was sent to us by Maria Elena of Las Cruces, New Mexico, who shared with us that never before did she ever submit something to a blog site. Bravo, Maria Elena; you practice what you preach. Thanks from our entire Blog Family.
If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at vanessa@executivelaw.com.

Need a model memo or letter to transmit a request or complaint? A good checklist or form agreement? For a complete list of our Model Letters, Memos, Checklists and Sample Agreements, Just [click here.]

Interested in Membership? It’s free, and has advantages, including discounts on our products. Just [click here.]

Need a private telephone consultation? Just [click here.] Evenings and weekends can usually be accommodated.

© 2018 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved and Strictly Enforced.

Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

Employment Attorney
and Career Strategist
for over 30 years

Job Security and Career Success now depend on knowing how to navigate and negotiate to gain the most for your skills, time and efforts. Learn the trade secrets and 'uncommon common sense' of Attorney Alan L. Sklover, the leading authority on "Negotiating for Yourself at Work™".

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