The authors of Bare Knuckle People Management know successful people management is easier than a lot of managers make it. Kulisek and O’Neil’s no-nonsense insights are not only amusing but on the mark. If you are a manager looking to improve the performance of your team, someone who just became a manager or think you would like to become a manager, you will be glad you read this book.

—Paul Mott, Head of Club Services, Major League Soccer

Posts Tagged ‘communication’

Walking the Vulnerability Tightrope

I am sitting here like a total geek reflecting on vulnerability – yes, that terribly anxiety-provoking state of being exposed to emotional injury.

Specifically, I’m reflecting on those peculiar sorts who bring vulnerability on themselves by putting themselves “out there” and thereby expose themselves to their own emotional injury.


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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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Phil Jackson: Passive-Aggressor, Shameless Self-Promoter

Flipping through the NY Times this morning, I saw an article about Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan’s sudden and unexpected resignation, purportedly over ongoing conflict with guard Deron Williams. Thinking there was a bare knuckle management message in there somwhere, I read on.

But I couldn’t get past …

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