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Bare Knuckle People Management

By Sean O’Neil and John Kulisek


Publication Date: May 2011

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One of the biggest challenges for new managers is how to get the best out of each of their team members so they achieve superior results—and make you, the new manager, look good! In Bare Knuckle People Management, authors Sean O’Neil and John Kulisek show managers how to push their teams to success, not by following fluffy leadership training but by using the skills that got them promoted in the first place.

Forget kumbayas or one-minute managing. The best people managers know approaches that work great with one employee will be lost on the next. With the same irreverent and straightforward style they use in their management training workshops, O’Neil and Kulisek describe the 16 basic worker types you must learn to recognize, from The Badass to The Burnout, and how to customize your leadership style for each type.

The authors encourage the readers to take pieces of what works from each of the sections and they also remind them to follow the gut instinct that got them to their new management position in the first place. Written in short, easily digestible sections, and both entertaining and insightful throughout, Bare Knuckle People Management is perfect for any manager pressed for time and in need of some straightforward advice.

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About the Authors

Sean  O’Neil

Sean O’Neil

Sean O’Neil is principal owner and CEO of One to One Leadership, a sales and management training and recruitment company. He presents regularly on sales, management, leadership, workplace dynamics, career development, team-building, and communication issues at national and regional conferences. O’Neil has been published or featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Selling Power, Executive Decision, and Incentive Magazine, among others. His clients include the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, Oakland Raiders, Royal Bank of Scotland, News Corp., ADP, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Cornell Presbyterian Hospital, and First Data. Sean is a graduate of Duke University’s School of Law and Fuqua School of Business. He lives in Pelham Manor, N.Y., with his wife, Erin, and their four children.

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John  Kulisek

John Kulisek

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,, and ABC News. He lives in Tenafly, N.J., with his wife, Pamela, and children Zachary and Ariana.

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Publication Details

Format: Paperback

Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 in.

Weight: 1.25 lbs.

Publication Date: May 2011

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