The Corner Office: Type A to Type B
Another great chapter from the Corner Office which I have discussed here and here. This latest chapter is called “Type A to B.” Basic premise here is that though a lot of “Type A” traits will get you to the corner office, they won’t necessarily serve you as well once you get there. Every strength taken to an extreme becomes a weakness. To quote what one leader was gently told: “You’re in my sandbox and we’re not accomplishing a lot being in here together”
– See the value in pulling back and listening more and not dominating every conversation and meeting
– While there is a need to create urgency, there is also a need to slow down to get more out of the people around you.
– Developing people means not doing everything for employees. Let employees stub their toes occasionally
And on a practical level, suggestions from the leaders he has interviewed:
– Have a five-second tape delay before you weigh in.
– Be a selective micromanager.