with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel
For more than a decade, the focus of leadership and professional development has been to emphasize people’s strengths rather than concentrate on weaknesses. The concept was popularized by Gallup researchers and led to a series of StrengthsFinder books and tools. For those unfamiliar, the StrengthsFinder is an assessment that reveals dominant “themes” that help people focus on their strengths and abilities and center their work and lives on them. The premise is that it makes more sense to leverage strengths and talents than to try to address shortcomings.
October typically signifies the start of open enrollment season in the workplace. This is the time of year when employees can switch health insurance plans and add or drop benefits. This year, open enrollment has a special significance and a dual meaning because of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).