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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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The Outlaws

Outlaws

We recently returned from a family vacation on a perfectly beachy place called Block Island, RI, where, for the past 4 summers my brother-in-law and his wife rent a massive beachside house and graciously invite practically everyone they know to stay there, most of whom apparently accept.

The lion’s share …

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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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Team Unity (or Something)

wiffleI played in a wiffle ball tournament with my 13-year-old twin sons this past weekend.  The tournament was set on an artificial turf field on a soupy end-of-summer day.  Team O’Neil decided it would play in the tournament’s “competitive” division.  We were excited.  We’d played plenty of wiffle ball in

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Business Trip From Hell

As I type this I’m en route back from a business trip in Florida. I was gone for just for an overnight, but it feels like a week. I just want to get home, see my beautiful family, and collapse into my own bed.

The problem is that I’m booked

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3 Ways to Reclaim Momentum

Watching the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals has me thinking about momentum shifts and what the coaches and players can do to cause them.  The Boston Bruins desperately needed a win last night to reclaim momentum from the Vancouver Canucks, and they got it.  The Dallas Mavericks thought they had

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