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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

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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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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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Herding Tigers for Life

When my wife Erin told me that she signed me up to coach our daughter Olivia’s t-ball team last spring, an audible “oh no, please no” escaped from my lips. Olivia and her would-be teammates—the Tigers—were 5 years old. Ever coach a team of 5 year olds at anything? No? …

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Rebuilt Knicks: Can Coach D’Antoni Rise to Transition Challenges?

So the Knicks finally landed Carmelo Anthony, among the NBA’s top players, to become relevant again in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. But the price was steep: the Knicks shipped 4 of their 5 most recent starters – all young, developing talent – to the Nuggets along with numerous future draft …

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3 Reasons Perma-Smiles Might be Killing Your Team

On the surface, there’s nothing not to love about smiles. I smile when

  • I’m happy, and when
  • I like someone, and when
  • I want to communicate that I’m genuinely pleased.

But smiles can be deceiving. I also smile when

  • I’m pissed off but don’t feel at liberty to say so,
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