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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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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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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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Dynamics of Conflict and Resolution

I coach my 13-year-old sons’ basketball team. At practice recently, in preparation for a big game, I got into a battle with my point guard son, Ryan. You know Ryan. You love him. He might even work for you. He’s your hard-nosed, never-say-die “coach on the floor” whose grit, stubbornness, …

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Kid Hoops Coaching: 3 Lessons that Apply to Your Team

I have 13-year-old twin sons, and I’ve been coaching their CYO basketball team for the past several years. In the process, I found that nothing provides a better laboratory for management training than coaching newly pubescent boys squeezed into tiny church gyms with their parents waiting to pounce at even …

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