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Coaching a professional basketball team is not different from managing a team of corporate employees. You have stars, utility players and bench warmers, all of whom thrive when their coach tailors his approach to their unique talents, weaknesses and contributions to the team. Bare Knuckle People Management speaks directly to managers who have been frustrated by the notion that all employees need to be treated equally and with kids’ gloves.

—Mike D’Antoni, Head Coach of the New York Knicks

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Leaving Footprints – Is Bigger Better?

Footprints1I’ve always been intent on leaving a big footprint wherever I go. I insert myself forcefully into a group interaction – a work meeting or a sales call or a cocktail party conversation. And despite the blustery title of my book and my in-your-face online presence, I tend to think

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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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Consultants Make Good Lovers (if not boyfriends)

Consulting Hat 1I was recently retained by a new client, and I went to the company headquarters to meet with the owner/CEO. The client’s HR director at a satellite office several hundred miles away had retained my services, and after meeting with the company’s senior leadership there, I asked to meet with …

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Podcast Interview with O’Neil and “Lead Well and Prosper” Author, Nick McCormick

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