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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

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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