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with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel

February 2013

Three tips to calm Chicken Little


Three tips to calm Chicken Little

I’ve worked with a number of Chicken Littles over the years. You know them – employees who become almost hysterical in their reaction to feedback or their belief that organizational or team disaster is imminent. These people are often unreasonably afraid. Worse yet, they often try to incite fear in those around them. So what can a leader do to calm Chicken Little?

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Work is a battlefield when small business owners romance an employee


Work is a battlefield when small business owners romance an employee

Valentine’s Day always brings up the question of whether office romances should be banned. While a flat-out ban is not a necessity, employers need to worry when a supervisor gets involved with a direct report. If the employee feels mistreated, a sexual harassment complaint and lawsuit are just waiting to happen. The possibility of legal trouble is even more likely in a small business, when an owner gets involved with an employee.

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 Diane Hamilton, PCC, SPHR, is the owner and founder of Calibra, a coaching and consulting firm focused on maximizing leadership potential. Nilesh Patel is the principal attorney of the Mahadev Law Group, LLC, which focuses on human resources and employment law issues for organizations. He can be reached at Both bloggers are members of Wisconsin SHRM, which is dedicated to being the state leader in HR management and the premier source for HR expertise and resources. More information can be found at You can follow the WI SHRM blog at



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