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“Intriguing new book O’Neil and Kulisek take a refreshingly candid look at handling employees .It’s a welcome change from the pie-in-the sky ‘engagement’ and ‘empowerment’ blather we’re always hearing from the so-called management experts.”
“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