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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

Posts in ‘Leadership’

The Exterminator

mouseI’ll start by saying I’m not proud of the story I’m about to tell you.

Ok, that’s not true –I’m not proud about the fact that I am proud of the story I’m about to tell you. This is a mostly true story about an unlikely hero – me. It’s

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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.

You

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The Outlaws

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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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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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Dealing with Battle Wounds

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Don’t you think we need to talk? No, I mean really talk this time? I’m certain I’ve wounded you, but I can’t quite gauge how deeply. Saying to me “you’re not nice sometimes” doesn’t tell me nearly enough about what I do that you find particularly hurtful, or how many …

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