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Bare Knuckle People Management: Creating Success with the Team You Have - Winners, Losers, Misfits, and All Paperback – May 3, 2011
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Tired of the beat-around-the-bush, wishy-washy, walk-on-eggs approach to management that prevails in our politically-correct workplace? Replace it with common-sense, straightforward communication tailored to the personality types on your team.”
Dallas Morning News
Great premise. Treat everyone differently.”
Tom Peters, leadership and business expert, author of In Search of Excellence
"Bare Knuckle People Management is a clever, straight-forward, practical guide to understanding and managing each of your people to get the most out of them. A refreshing break from 'leadership books' that insist the key to management success is a one-size-fits-all formula. Finally, a book that speaks directly to the manager for the real world."
Christopher Heck, Senior Vice President of the National Basketball Association
"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
"Bare Knuckle People Management is the top solution for the most common people-management issues. It provides the specific distinctions needed to turn our management into leadership. Read this book and watch your teams succeed!"
Justin Sach, best-selling author of The Power of Persistence and Your Mailbox Is Full
"Forget Leadership Training! This is how to hit the ground running as a manager. Every sentence provides realistic, practical, and applicable advice for today.”
Ivan Dunmire, EVP, Director of Human Resources, MPG
Creating success with the team you have is probably the most problematical challenge for every manager. Say goodbye to cheesy team-building exercises and say hello to methods that truly work. Bare Knuckle People Management is an indispensable resource to taking your entire team to the next level.”
Barry Moltz, Getting Small Business Unstuck Author, Speaker and Consultant
Very entertaining and informative! Bare Knuckle People Management takes a hard fist to the soft science of management, giving the reader practical advice on how to get the most out of a team of differing personalities and skill sets. The characterization of the possible employees that could make up your team at work is dead-on, and anyone who has a bit of sports acumen or pop-cultural awareness will be able to identify with them with ease thanks to the examples in the book. Bare Knuckle People Management should be the foundation for any college’s Management 101 class.”
Mike Gutch, CFO NewsCore
"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. No BS 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
"Bare Knuckle People Management is a knock-out! Authors Sean O'Neil and John Kulisek deliver a writing style that entertains while providing useful insights on how to get the most from your team (of inevitably unique personalities). After reading this book, you will be better prepared to confront the 'people challenges' that often prevent managers from maximizing their effectiveness. Bare Knuckle is now a must read for anyone who manages people in our organization.
Philip Pecora, President & CEO Genesee Regional Bank
"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 advise is actionable now for managers-not just at annual reviews or after expensive assessment surveys!"
Kevin A. Schulman, MD, Director of Fuqua Health Sector Management Program
Unlike many management books, Bare Knuckle People Management treats the readers like they actually have brains. The authors, O’Neil and Kulisek, show managers how to use what they already know and listen to their gut instincts in order to best manage their diverse workforces.”
Clifford A. Teller, Head of Global Investment Banking
About the Author
Prior to starting One to One Leadership, O'Neil worked as a child and family therapist in the psychiatry department of Boston’s Children Hospital. It was there that O'Neil developed his keen observation of the inherent power of interpersonal dynamics. He subsequently worked as a real estate lawyer at the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in New York City.
O'Neil received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, a MSW from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
O'Neil, his wife, Erin, and four children, Matt, Ryan, Julia and Olivia, live in Pelham Manor, N.Y.
John Kulisek is President of The Norben Group, a sales and marketing firm specializing in the production, import and distribution of fine permanent botanicals that operates in the United States, China, and Hong Kong. Some of the many places his quotes and managerial philosophies have appeared in and on include The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft.com, and ABC News.
He lives in Tenafly, N.J
Top customer reviews
This book met both of those needs and even touched on a few unmet ones. The goal of this book is the same as most other management books: to provide insight into the people we manage. The distinction, however, is that this book is takes a real-life approach, whereas others tend to focus on management theories that can seem too abstract to apply on the ground level. An example would be this book's referring to a difficult employee as an "a$$," while theory-based books may focus on the situation and call it "dealing with a employee-motivation challenge." As the saying goes, call a spade a spade.
This book is focused on delivering actionable information to new managers. I would recommend any new manager or team leader to read this book first. I believe you'll be come a more effective, team-connected manager with this approach than others. After some years in the management grindstone, perhaps then should we consider looking at some of the high-minded offerings on effective management.
I do appreciate that the book is honest enough with managers to openly say that the result of successfully managing others to success is to make the manager look good so that he or she can continue to professionally. Compare that with the theory-based books that act as if management self-preservation is a non-starter discussion.
The ability to read and adapt to your team is so under rated...it served me well for many years. Good to see this is in print! Too many wimps are trying to manage by being your friend or letting everyone do their own thing..time it was exposed for what it is...a load of crap!
I found this read on people management to be a much needed breath of fresh air in the crowded and often "fluffy" field of personnel management advice. It is the kind of read that will make you say to yourself, yes, I have been there. Bare Knuckle People Management is a relatable read full of anecdotal examples accurately describing the often paralyzing experience of middle management. (I once heard it compared it to being placed in a vice while upper management and staff tighten it at different paces.) Delivered by the authors in straight talk, those who are in middle management or have ever been on a team will finish this read able to relate to the issues, roadblocks and solutions presented.
A fascinating aspect of the read is the targeting of a much overlooked group in management -those new to middle management, particularly those who are managing a team of which they were once a member. This group of managers often finds themselves in the position of defining their management style and utilizing the highly sought after first crack as trial and error. Sometimes, the error, however understandable for someone fresh out the gate, can be disastrous for a career. Bare Knuckle People Management seeks to prevent that disaster by giving the new manager several possibilities for what their new team may consist of, along with clear and easy to understand solutions for how to manage that team. Additionally, the book helps the seasoned manager revisit their management style and flush out any aspects no longer working.
The dynamic combination of straight talk people management and popular cultural references is among the key elements separating this book from the run of the mill management books lining the shelves of book stores. Laughter will erupt throughout the read, as you place people you have worked with into one or more of the team member personalities. An insightful look at yourself as an employee and a manager will surely occur as you seek to assign yourself the correct role. (I assure you, I am a total franchise!) On a recent interview, I utilized what I consider the most important take away from the book when asked about my management style:
"I don't have one management style. I believe you need to assess the team you have and decide exactly how best to manage each individual rather than attempting to fit everyone into the same round hole."
There isn't one way to manage, because there is not one type of employee or team; knowing this will get you through the minefield of middle management. Having this book will get you through the days when you just cannot possibly understand how you are expected to take the team you have in front of you and lead them to success. In those moments you must remember what the authors convey constantly throughout the book and most managers all too often forget - your ultimate success is based on the success of your team. So I implore you to grab a copy of "Bare Knuckle People Management" and get to work!
That said, this book obviously will not have all the information you need to know; nor will it offer much in the way of alternate perspectives/approches to the concepts within. I agree with most of the information in the book, and even the way the author(s) suggest approaching the situations... just make sure to balance your knowledge out a bit with a more 'traditional' management book also. The 'Bare Knuckle' style is great, but it may not work for everyone in every circumstance. I do believe it's very effective overall, though.
Either way, I certainly recommend this book. It's a great value, and an enjoyable (and useful) read.
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