Authors

The authors of Bare Knuckle People Management know successful people management is easier than a lot of managers make it. Kulisek and O’Neil’s no-nonsense insights are not only amusing but on the mark. If you are a manager looking to improve the performance of your team, someone who just became a manager or think you would like to become a manager, you will be glad you read this book.

—Paul Mott, Head of Club Services, Major League Soccer

If Everyone Gets a Trophy, Trophies Become Meaningless

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 …

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Dealing with Battle Wounds

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

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Hey 2012 – Bring it on!

Dear 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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Consultants Make Good Lovers (if not boyfriends)

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

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Home Cookin’

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

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