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Nov 27, 201209:52 AMForward HR

with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel

Applying the 80/20 rule

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So pay attention to the details, but identify and focus on those things that really matter. Create that balance between “the devil is in the details” and the “80/20 rule.” When the details are dragging you down, when the firefighting is zapping your energy, remind yourself to focus on the 20% that makes a difference.

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Nov 28, 2012 06:54 am
 Posted by  Your 80-20 Assistant

Diane, reading this made my day! As a career administrative professional with over 30 years' experience, I've experienced time and again--and watched many others do the same--the daily struggle to stay focused on "the best use of my time right now." Without goals to guide us, making that decision on a regular basis is impossible. The Pareto Priciple, which your examples make crystal clear, has fascinated and guided me to the point where it was an easy decision to incorporate "80-20" into the name of my virtual assistance business. Thanks for reminding us that how we work is just as important as what work we do.
Nancy McCulley

Aug 20, 2013 08:52 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


I looked into your 3 paradigmes based on The Pareto Priciple:-

•20% of your employees cause 80% of the problems.
•20% of the work consumes 80% of the time and resources.
•20% of your staff produces 80% of the results.

The first two are understandable but I'm not fully agree withe the 3rd one. Can you elaborate or present some data to establish that 20% of your staff produces 80% of the results? From my experiance this goes against the philosophy of team work.


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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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