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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

Posts Tagged ‘coaching’

3 Ways to Reclaim Momentum

Watching the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals has me thinking about momentum shifts and what the coaches and players can do to cause them.  The Boston Bruins desperately needed a win last night to reclaim momentum from the Vancouver Canucks, and they got it.  The Dallas Mavericks thought they had

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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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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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Herding Tigers for Life

When my wife Erin told me that she signed me up to coach our daughter Olivia’s t-ball team last spring, an audible “oh no, please no” escaped from my lips. Olivia and her would-be teammates—the Tigers—were 5 years old. Ever coach a team of 5 year olds at anything? No? …

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