Summary of Bare Knuckle People Management

Creating Success with the Team You Have – Winners, Losers, Misfits, and All

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How do you get “Legends, Slackers, Futures” and “Whistlers” to work together?


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Training specialists Sean O’Neil and John Kulisek take an irreverent, entertaining approach to leadership advice. Despite some unnecessary coarse language, they often make a lot more sense than the pronouncements of lofty gurus. The authors offer seven “People Principles” and then profile 16 worker archetypes, such as the “Legend” and the “Burnout.” You’ll find specific strategies for training, monitoring and managing each type of person individually and in various team combinations. getAbstract heartily recommends this fun read to all managers who’ve ever wondered how to whip a ragtag team of “knuckleheads” into a smooth, functioning unit.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to manage a team of strong individuals
  • How to identify and work with various employee archetypes
  • How to motivate your team members as individuals and as a group


So Now You’re a Manager...
Until now, you built your success on your own hard work. Now you’ve become a manager, and you must transform a group of “poor excuses for employees” into high achievers. You have the skills you need; you just have to learn to cope with your team’s odd personalities...
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About the Authors

Sean O’Neil is the CEO of One to One Leadership, a training and recruiting company. John Kulisek is the president of The Norben Group, a company specializing in fine permanent botanicals.

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    Julie Smith 3 years ago
    an eye catching title which is very 'tongue in cheek' but has some good insights. Are you prepared to ask your team members which 'type' are they?

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