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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 ‘leadership’

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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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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Final Exam Season – Battle of Wills

Final ExamWe recently wrapped up final exams in the O’Neil household.

My twin boys, Matt and Ryan, at 14 and on the cusp of high school, are suddenly far more interested in girls and their high school basketball careers than their grade point average. The boys’ mother, my dear wife Erin, …

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Hey 2012 – Bring it on!

2012Dear 2012:

I’m ready for you and for anything you’ll bring my way. Your recent predecessors have prepared me well. I’m stronger for what I’ve endured. I’ve never been more ready for any one year in my entire life.

I’m resilient. I’ve scrambled and scavenged, scratched and clawed, reinvented …

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Business Trip From Hell

As I type this I’m en route back from a business trip in Florida. I was gone for just for an overnight, but it feels like a week. I just want to get home, see my beautiful family, and collapse into my own bed.

The problem is that I’m booked

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