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How type A People Can Play Nice With Others

October 2, 2014

How type A People Can Play Nice With Others


  • I set personal goals, manage multiple projects at once, and run at the speed of light. (See The Prosperous Leader – Chapter 10).

  • High D curse. They are the tendency to dominate, to be demanding, and to be (or appear to be) distracted.

  • Here are some tricks that have worked for me:

    • To stop dominating others, create — and stick to — a plan.

      • We often dominate or micromanage when we’re not satisfied with the quality of work or the pace at which it’s done. Sometimes we are in a hurry and just don’t have the time or patience to listen and work through things with others. Maybe it’s just habit. But it becomes disruptive when we interrupt and tell people what to do.

    • To be less demanding, focus on empathy.

      • Accept that you are of a special breed and that most individuals do not think or move at your pace. Practicing self-awareness will help you to be more empathetic and patient. As a leader, you do not want to set people up to fail. In a personal relationship, you do not want people to feel minimized.

    • To avoid getting distracted, minimize interruptions.

      • If others feel that you never listen or pay attention to them, it’s time to make some changes. A few small things can make a difference. Shut off your phone or email when interacting with others. Take time to be personal and courteous – say hello, say thank you, ask how the weekend was, etc. These small gestures show people that you care enough to take the extra time to connect.


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