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with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel

October 2013


In professional development, focus on both strengths and shortcomings

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.

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Obamacare compliance tips for employers

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).

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About This Blog

 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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