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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 ‘leadership’

Folding Little White Socks

Walked into my bedroom late last night just wanting to crash.  I was physically exhausted and emotionally drained.  Long day behind me. Thank God!

But there was something standing between me and my slumber.  Sitting there piled on my side of the bed was a massive load of laundry –

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Acorn and the Oaks – a True Story

Spoke with my Dad on the phone this morning.  You know, the guy I accompanied to the hospital a couple of months ago when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  I previously wrote about him here.

Let’s just say he’s doing ok.  It’s amazing what some time in the

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3 Ways to Reclaim Momentum

Watching the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals has me thinking about momentum shifts and what the coaches and players can do to cause them.  The Boston Bruins desperately needed a win last night to reclaim momentum from the Vancouver Canucks, and they got it.  The Dallas Mavericks thought they had

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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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Michael Scott – Please Don’t Leave!

Dear Michael:

Please don’t leave Dunder Mifflin.

I’ve been watching your documentary series, The Office, for several years now.  The Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin is a riveting study in workplace human behavior.  And you, my dear sir, are my favorite subject.

I particularly love The Office because, for …

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