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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 Tagged ‘basketball’

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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