Chinese New Year

Published on February 4th, 2019 by Alan L. Sklover

Sklover Working Wisdom 2019 Year of Pig

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 Pig. The Pig is the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well. Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in 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.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on February 4th, 2019 by Alan L. Sklover

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“When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Don’t let the starkness – or darkness – of this quote hide its living message: Don’t forget to have some fun. Don’t ever stop doing things simply for the fun of it. Make sure your days include some laughter, a bit of mirth, a few moments of inner enjoyment. It’s good for your health, it’s good for those around you, and it’s good for us all. Difficulties and serious challenges abound . . . but there’s nothing more positive and uplifting than a little bit of fun. Even the Dalai Lama has shared his view that the ultimate purpose of life is to enjoy it.

This great quote was contributed by our long-time Blog Member David S., who saw it in the window of a bar outside Grand Central Station in New York City. (We noticed that David failed to mention whether he was going into, or out of, the bar. Ha Ha!!) Thanks go out to you, David. If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at vanessa@executivelaw.com.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on January 28th, 2019 by Alan L. Sklover

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“Never hesitate to charge hell with a bucket of water.”

– Liz Carpenter
(Aide to President Lyndon Johnson)

Yup . . . sometimes it just takes near-crazy dedication, zeal, and enthusiasm to achieve your goals, even the biggest ones. People tell you that your dreams “Can’t be done”? Well, that’s a great reason to just do it. We plan, we prepare, we consider, so often too much. There’s no substitute for enthusiasm, and there’s nothing that beats “wild-eyed” enthusiasm. Remember: The world belongs to the bold!!

This wonderful quote was contributed by our long-time Blog Family Member Gail F, who kindly encouraged our continued efforts with “Keep up the great work, Mr. Sklover and crew!” Thanks a zillion, Gail, for both the wise words and the kind words. You made our week! 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 January 22nd, 2019 by Alan L. Sklover

My View:

“Not Paying Employees is Both A Crime and a Sin.”

I don’t have any intention of getting involved in politics of any kind, and I don’t mean to take “sides” in the current debate over who is responsible for 800,000 federal employees working without pay, or being put on “furlough,” whatever that means. We are all responsible, and we all should be ashamed.

It is both a crime and a sin to not pay employees. It is just that simple, that important, and at least I must voice my anger and disdain for those who permit it to happen, and to continue to happen.

The great books of my faith say so. The laws of this country say so. Our values say so. The Golden Rule of every faith says so.

And, if the government does it with impunity, then I am more than confident that more employers will do so, as well.

I have both heard and read that our President has done business this way as a businessman his whole adult life. If true, well, then, we should have known better than to make him our Employer In Chief. Forget the politics; focus on the values, and this is a core value.

I tried to voice my opinion to The White House Comment Line, but it is shut down due to the Shut Down.

Fortunately, the Contact Info line for Senators and Congress People is up and running. It is (202) 225-3121.

I also urge you to email the President at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

What is taking place is wrong, very wrong. It will only get worse if we are silent. We should not permit such shameful and sinful behavior in our names.

Sorry for the “rant,” but Dignity at Work is what this blogsite stands for, and my life’s work, too. It is a core value, nothing less.

Feel free to forward this to others if you wish.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Published on January 21st, 2019 by Alan L. Sklover

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“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.”

– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Every now and then there appears a person who reminds us of our highest aspirations. He or she usually upsets the status quo, is often hated by some, but over time brings people together, and – sadly – disappears all too quickly. Think of these people, at least once a year, and recall their sacrifice, their teachings, and their contributions to humanity. That is, no doubt, the purpose of their appearance before us.

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