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Bare Knuckle People Management is a clever, straight-forward, practical guide to understanding and managing each of your people to get the most out of them. A refreshing break from ‘leadership books’ that insist the key to management success is a one-size-fits-all formula. Finally, a book that speaks directly to the manager for the real world.

—Christopher Heck, Senior Vice President of the National Basketball Association

March 2011 Archives

What’s Your Name?

Cocktail party, last weekend:

                       Me:                  Honey, what this guy’s name again?  Quick, this guy coming toward us now.  David? Danny? Dirk?

                       Erin:                You’ve got to be kidding.  It’s Warren, you idiot.  You’ve met him at least 14 times.  He lives two houses down from us.

                       Me:                  Oh …

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No Life for Dummies Manual Here

If you’re searching these pages for answers about how to parent your kids or coach your team or manage your employees, you’ll leave terribly disappointed.    

I don’t sit on a perch above you, able to lob down proclamations about your life. I sit alongside you, engaged in my own struggle …

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Work Hard Reasons

Clients often ask how I motivate people. My response invariably disappoints:

“I can’t motivate anyone. I give them tools that can help them get excited about managing more effectively. I tell   emotional and thought-provoking stories that put a momentary charge in them. I ‘move’ people. But motivation? That has to …

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Twins – Destined for Greatness

An email I sent this morning to the parents of a team I’ll be coaching this spring:

Parents:
Yes, there might be snow on the ground on this first day of spring, but warmer, sunnier days lie ahead. As evidence, I deliver you the following exciting news from Pelham Little …

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Let’s Hop on a Call!

Got an idea today when I opened my calendar and saw, horror of horrors, a perfectly clean slate. My To Do list was long—

  1. complete materials for an upcoming presentation,
  2. finalize a proposal,
  3. follow up with two people who have already received proposals, and
  4. draft a partnership agreement.

But I …

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