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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 ‘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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