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Relationships in Business

Relationships are the key to success in almost every type of business. Manufacturers need relationships with lenders and distributors; distributors need relationships with retailers; service providers need relationships to refer them quality clients; real estate owners need relationships with banks and contractors; restaurants make their money best when they have  a variety of “regulars”. Even retailers work to know their customers’ habits so that they can tailor a predictable interaction. In my experience, working with, or for, total strangers is risky, unfulfilling, and often unproductive. If you want to be in a business of any sort, create good relationships. This is far better a way in business than with marketing that attracts strangers. Strangers don’t care about you. Just read what customers write on Yelp about businesses they’ve patronized where no one really knows each other. There is no bond; no feeling of a duty of decency. Your relationships will help you to achieve, and to know who to trust.”

Published January 16, 2013 at 1734 × 1153 in Welcome .

-Neil S. Siskind

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
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The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to protect and maximize them.
Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day”- March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports at: www.neilsiskindsupports.com

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,Volunteer

Donorschoose: Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work:
Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com
siskindsenior-logo

Senior FreeStart Business- Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Veteran FreeStart Business- Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic & Environmental Work:

-Hudson Riverfront Land Conservation: The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River.

-Founder & Chairman, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

-Founder and Developer of “National Fatherhood Day” (TM), observed annually on March 29th, to encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

-Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
-Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
-Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: Linkedin-Neil-Siskind

My Articles on Linkedin Pulse

The Ways to Manufacture & Sell Products
To “Loan” is not to “Own”
How the Sharks……Tank
Is Licensing a Trademark Worth it?
Distribution is King

 

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

 

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to protect and maximize them.
Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day”- March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

 

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports at: www.neilsiskindsupports.com

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,Volunteer

Donorschoose: Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work:
Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com
siskindsenior-logo

Senior FreeStart Business- Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Veteran FreeStart Business- Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic & Environmental Work:

-Hudson Riverfront Land Conservation: The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River.

-Founder & Chairman, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

-Founder and Developer of “National Fatherhood Day” (TM), observed annually on March 29th, to encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

-Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
-Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
-Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/

Why the “Affluenza” Defense is So Dangerous

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

 

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to protect and maximize them.
Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day”- March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

 

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports at: www.neilsiskindsupports.com

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,Volunteer

Donorschoose: Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work:
Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com
siskindsenior-logo

Senior FreeStart Business- Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Veteran FreeStart Business- Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic & Environmental Work:

-Hudson Riverfront Land Conservation: The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River.

-Founder & Chairman, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

-Founder and Developer of “National Fatherhood Day” (TM), observed annually on March 29th, to encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

-Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
-Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
-Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/

 

Why the “Affluenza” Defense is So Dangerous

Ethan Couch’s attorneys, in seeking to limit Couch’s punishment for killing four people and seriously injuring two as the result of his drunk driving, explained, and used experts to explain to the Judge, that a mitigating factor to be considered in Couch’s punishment should be the fact that he is the product of wealthy parents who set no limits and taught him no responsibility for his actions. This has become known as the “affluenza” defense.

The Judge’s acceptance of this defense (it was actually put forth as a mitigating factor for sentencing, not, as much of the press has incorrectly reported, a defense to the crimes, to which Couch pleaded guilty) was not only disgraceful and unjust, it creates a dangerous slippery slope for society*. It is actually far greater a threat than just a mere slippery slope- it sets a precedent- and a dangerous one.

The core of the “affluenza” defense is not that a person is too wealthy or was given too much to understand the concept of taking responsibility for his or her actions. The core of the defense is that a respective defendant’s parents did not set limits or teach the defendant the concept of accountability for his or her actions.

It is important to understand the core, or the heart, of the “affluenza” defense because it suggests that a person who suffered (or who may have suffered) from bad parents, or negligent parents, or absent parents (not just rich parents, but also poor parents) which may have caused the person to lack limits, self-control, a sense of right and wrong and a sense of responsibility for actions, is entitled to have such ineffective parenting be factored into consideration by a court when determining punishment for that person’s criminal activity. If this is an accepted defense or mitigating factor for punishment, then all future criminals, and everyone in prison today, could go unpunished or be released using the core of the “affluenza” defense- poor parenting. If judges are limiting sentences for convicted criminals because of bad parenting by such criminal’s respective parents, then we have a dangerous situation in the legal system** and society.

The acceptance of this defense becomes even more concerning if the “affluenza” defense evolves into an actual defense to a crime (as opposed to a mitigating factor in post-conviction sentencing, as in the Couch case), and acts as a sort of jury nullification on criminal charges, leading to complete acquittals because a defendant had bad parents.

To be sure, these were not the first defense lawyers to put a defendant’s challenging life or difficult childhood on display to attempt to extract leniency from a sentencing judge. But the acceptance of this defense in this case sets a precedent for a convicted criminal being entirely excused from a prison sentence because he or she had irresponsible parents***.

The Judge’s sentence of probation for Ethan Couch, whether due to the “affluenza” defense, or otherwise*, was a huge error, poor judgment- and, ironically, irresponsible.

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notes:
*The Judge in the case denies that the “affluenza” defense was the basis for her sentence of ten years’ probation, rather than prison, for Couch.
**In the Author’s opinion, a legal system permitting judges, using their statutory discretion, to limit or suspend sentences because defendants had bad parents, would reflect a systemic flaw.
***The Author did not review Texas sentencing guidelines for the purpose of this article, but presumes that judges have a certain level of discretion in sentencing, as in the Couch case. Thus, any precedent set would be more “social” precedent for other judges in Texas and nationwide to consider in determining their own criminal case sentences than actual “legal” precedent in Texas.