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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
Here is a wonderful message delivered recently to new high school graduates. Wellesley High Schoo English teacher, David McCullough, delivers a gentle warning that these graduates are about to enter a world that won’t reward them all with a trophy unless their accomplishments merit one.
No matter what everyone around you …Read More
Don’t you think we need to talk? No, I mean really talk this time? I’m certain I’ve wounded you, but I can’t quite gauge how deeply. Saying to me “you’re not nice sometimes” doesn’t tell me nearly enough about what I do that you find particularly hurtful, or how many …Read More
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 …Read More
I was recently retained by a new client, and I went to the company headquarters to meet with the owner/CEO. The client’s HR director at a satellite office several hundred miles away had retained my services, and after meeting with the company’s senior leadership there, I asked to meet with …Read More
When I was a young adult just making my way in the world, periodic moments of isolation, anxiety or uncertainty made me nostalgic for home. Those were the days when my childhood home still seemed perfectly idyllic.
I’d reach back for a comforting set of memories clustered around my family’s …Read More