Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on September 18th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

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“What the lion cannot manage to do,
the fox often can.”

– German Proverb

At work, as elsewhere, the size of the negotiator does not determine the success of the negotiation. Rather, it is he or she who is more knowledgeable, experienced, thoughtful and, yes, a bit wily, who usually wins out. Don’t be intimidated by big titles, institutional authority, and significant decision-making power. Instead, the person who is most worthy of your concern is the one who has many times faced the issues of survival, and won.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on September 12th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

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“Some days you eat the bear. Some days the bear eats you.”

– Unknown

At work, as in the rest of life, some days are nothing less than horrible, terrible, depressing, almost unbearable. Those are days in which “the bear eats you.” All you have to know, to say to yourself, and to “bear” in mind, is that tomorrow or the next day, you will surely “eat the bear.” On those days, all will go your way, the wind will be at your back, you’ll seem to walk on air, and the sun will also shine. You will be overcome with a sense that the world is a wonderful place. So, when “the bear eats you,” don’t do anything rash; just know that, quite soon, without any doubt, you will surely “eat the bear.”

This quote was sent to us by Saul T., of Waycross, Georgia. Much appreciated, Saul. If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at vanessa@executivelaw.com.

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On this Anniversary of 9/11 . . .

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

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“When will those who seek only to destroy finally learn the eternal truth that people of good will, faith and tenacity just can’t be kept down?”

– Al Sklover

On this anniversary of 9/11, it’s a good time to pause and reflect. There is something eternal and inescapable that people of ill will just do not understand: you can’t keep good people down. Not if they have faith in their hearts, not if they have faith in their friends and family, and not if they have faith in their purpose. It is just not going to happen. Perhaps that is the truth that the evil-doers just don’t want to understand. But I have faith that, sooner or later, they will have no choice but to accept this truth, for the betterment of all.

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Labor Day

Published on September 4th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

“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. From All of Us at SkloverWorkingWisdom, to all who Labor, Happy Labor Day!

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Beware of “Likely Successor Risk”

Published on August 29th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

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Danger Ahead:
Beware the Danger of “Likely Successor Risk” —

In new employment, all employees face the risk of being a “new kid on the block.” That is, 
there is always the chance that you just won’t “fit in” with the “in crowd.” That is just a fact of life.

Executives and managers who are viewed to be potential or even likely successors to higher-placed persons are advised to beware of what I call “Likely Successor Risk.”

“Likely Successor Risk” is the risk that others, who themselves seek promotion may see you more as a rival, than a colleague. They may be less than enthusiastic, disruptive, or even sabotaging to your efforts, plans and strategies. It is just a fact of life.

In extreme cases, others – and their friends – might just decide to make life miserable for you in a passive, or even aggressive, way.

You can’t change human nature, but you can and should bear “Likely Successor Risk” in mind when you negotiate basic elements of your potential new employment. As “Likely Successor Risk” elevates all other risks, wherever you see possible risk, seek degrees of “risk limitation.”

  • So, if you are given a formula for incentive compensation based on specified metrics, bear in mind that you may be swimming “against the tide,” and so seek more reasonable metrics, or a minimum guarantee, at least during the first year or two.

 

  • So, if you are promised compensation or equity that vests over years, request accelerated vesting if you are terminated without cause, or if you are denied the promotion you were led to expect.

 

  • So, if you are granted severance if terminated without cause, ask, too, for that same severance if you resign for a “good reason“ such as diminished responsibility, relocation to a different city, or had your compensation lowered.

 

  • So, consider asking for a robust severance package if you are later denied the promotion that attracted you to take the job in the first place.

 

There is risk in every employment relation. “Likely Successor Risk,” however, adds to the level and intensity of every risk to your achievements, your compensation, your job security, and even your industry reputation.

 

Job offers often dangle substantial rewards. It is always important to focus, perhaps more so, on risks. That is doubly so if you are being brought in to be a likely or potential successor to your manager or other position. Simply put, others may have “different plans” which will likely affect you.

Caution: There may be Danger Ahead.

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Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

Employment Attorney
and Career Strategist
for over 30 years

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