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The school of hard knocks approach to the challenges of managing the team you are given. Bare Knuckle People Management helps you to develop strategies to optimize the performance of the team by applying assessing the strengths and weakness of each member of the group. The good news is that all of this advice is actionable now for managers—not just at annual reviews or after expensive assessment surveys!

―Kevin A. Schulman, MD, MBA, Director of Health Sector Management Program, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

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Walking the Vulnerability Tightrope

I am sitting here like a total geek reflecting on vulnerability – yes, that terribly anxiety-provoking state of being exposed to emotional injury.

Specifically, I’m reflecting on those peculiar sorts who bring vulnerability on themselves by putting themselves “out there” and thereby expose themselves to their own emotional injury.

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Final Exam Season – Battle of Wills

Final ExamWe recently wrapped up final exams in the O’Neil household.

My twin boys, Matt and Ryan, at 14 and on the cusp of high school, are suddenly far more interested in girls and their high school basketball careers than their grade point average. The boys’ mother, my dear wife Erin, …

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If Everyone Gets a Trophy, Trophies Become Meaningless

Here is a wonderful message delivered recently to new high school graduates. Wellesley High Schoo English teacher, David McCullough, delivers a gentle warning that these graduates are about to enter a world that won’t reward them all with a trophy unless their accomplishments merit one.

No matter what everyone around …

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Hey 2012 – Bring it on!

2012Dear 2012:

I’m ready for you and for anything you’ll bring my way. Your recent predecessors have prepared me well. I’m stronger for what I’ve endured. I’ve never been more ready for any one year in my entire life.

I’m resilient. I’ve scrambled and scavenged, scratched and clawed, reinvented …

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Home Cookin’

homeWhen I was a young adult just making my way in the world, periodic moments of isolation, anxiety or uncertainty made me nostalgic for home.  Those were the days when my childhood home still seemed perfectly idyllic.

I’d reach back for a comforting set of memories clustered around my family’s

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