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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

April 2011 Archives

The Value of a Great #2

Caught a glimpse of a recent Lakers’ playoff game against the New Orleans Hornets.  It was late in the game, and Phil Jackson had just called a timeout for the Lakers, who were letting a lead slip away. 

While the coaches circled near the foul line trying to hammer out …

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Pickup Hoop at the Y

The day my parents dropped me off for my college orientation, my mother, undoubtedly concerned about my ability to connect with others, told me that after unpacking I should immediately go where students play pickup basketball.   “Social life at college is easy for boys,” she insisted. “They just go to …

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Judging Books by Covers

Every once in awhile I get a gentle reminder about the perils of leaping to conclusions.  Far too often, I overvalue my intuition, and make a snap judgment based on only a cursory examination of something.  Then, often too late, I learn more details that completely contradict my earlier conclusion.…

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Great Guy

Recently I was working closely with Charles, a former training client.  We were on the same side of a rather protracted negotiation, and in an offline call with Charles I completely lost my cool and launched into a tirade about Jason, a difficult someone on the other side.

Charles howled, …

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Gym Management Lessons

Had a great workout today on the Elliptical machine.  “Dude,” my kid sister Shannon has repeatedly told me, “Impossible for dudes to look cool on the Elliptical.” “Shan,” I’ve responded each time in turn, “Cool shook me loose about 22 years ago.”

Anyway, a few minutes into my workout, my …

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