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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 ‘interpersonal dynamics’

The Exterminator

mouseI’ll start by saying I’m not proud of the story I’m about to tell you.

Ok, that’s not true –I’m not proud about the fact that I am proud of the story I’m about to tell you. This is a mostly true story about an unlikely hero – me. It’s

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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.

You

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The Outlaws

Outlaws

We recently returned from a family vacation on a perfectly beachy place called Block Island, RI, where, for the past 4 summers my brother-in-law and his wife rent a massive beachside house and graciously invite practically everyone they know to stay there, most of whom apparently accept.

The lion’s share …

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Mutual Belittlement

belittlingSpoke with a college friend the other day who was updating me on his recent divorce settlement that was nearly final. It had been one of those typical bloody divorce proceedings – kids involved, publicly drawn out, and permanently damaging to all.

My friend – I’ll call him Bob –

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Pickup Hoop at the Y

The day my parents dropped me off for my college orientation, my mother, undoubtedly concerned about my ability to connect with others, told me that after unpacking I should immediately go where students play pickup basketball.   “Social life at college is easy for boys,” she insisted. “They just go to …

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