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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 ‘communication skills’

Managing Maddening Players

A couple months ago I posted an (overly, I’ll now admit) enthusiastic letter to the parents of the first grade baseball team – the Twins – I’m managing. Um, let’s start by saying that it hasn’t lived up to my initial hype.

I’ve been coaching kids since my wife gave …

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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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Talking Much, Saying Nothing

Coaches are the biggest culprits. Why do they answer the simplest questions with cliché-laden paragraphs packed with tons of words that manage to communicate nothing at all? Don’t know what I mean? Here’s a classic clip involving Seattle Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, talking endlessly and saying absolutely nothing.

From …

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