Our First Type A Top Talent Interview – Julie Wilson

Our first Type A Top Talent Interview is Julie Wilson, Owner & Publisher of Story Magazine.
Award-winning journalist Julia L. Wilson is the story behind Story. With nearly two decades in journalism, Wilson launched STORY in the summer of 2012 to tell the in-depth stories of the people and ideas that shape the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [...]

The Swamp

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Last week, I discussed how invisible grief can be a game changer for highly accomplished Type A leaders.  Invisible grief shows up as inexplicable indecision, inconsistency and disinterest.  To learn the five warning signs that you may be wrestling with invisible grief, take a look at last week’s post.
In today’s post, we’re going to take [...]

Slapped By Surprise!

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The small town spinster stands in the spotlight at center stage. Her unruly salt and pepper curls embrace a pudgy, homely face atop a marshmallow body draped in a frumpy dress.
A man in the audience rolls his eyes in disgust and sneers at the woman.
The melody beings and a beautiful voice slices through the [...]

Two Heads Are Not Better

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“I can’t believe this. My direct reports scored me really high. My supervisors scored me low. This is confusing. I don’t understand.”
I run into various flavors of this two-headed Type A monster all the time when debriefing the results of the Tilt360 Leadership Predictor. Sometimes the direct reports score the [...]

No More Pouty Lip Tantrums

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OK, I’ve just got to rant…
If you’re a Type A tog dog who’s leaving a trail of splintered relationships behind you, please don’t kvetch and cry foul if your colleagues don’t bend over backwards to help you improve your relationship with them. I don’t want to hear anymore of these pouty lip,foot stomping [...]

What Most Type A Leaders Forget to Do

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What are you forgetting to do in the hullabaloo of deadlines, distractions and demands that has the power to sink your ship?

You give direction.
You give feedback.
You ask for opinions.
You problem-solve.
You make big decisions.
You strategize.
What’s missing?
More than likely it’s asking for commitment.
Here’s the deal. Too often we skip right over that step and just assume [...]

Barking for Trouble

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“I corrected the mistake for her and told her I expected it would not happen again.”
The triumphant Type A manager leaned back in her chair and licked her lips like a satisfied lioness savoring the fresh blood after the kill.
“Did you ask for the employee’s commitment that she would not make that mistake again?” [...]

Watch Your Words

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Here’s a little secret I want to share with you.
When you feel stuck in a situation, a quick way to get unstuck and grab some traction is to do a little switcheroo with the words you’ve been using to describe the situation.
Let me show you how this works.
If you and a co-worker [...]

Don’t Take the Bait

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There it is. Dangling in front of your nose like a scrumptious morsel of self-indulgence. Taunting you with its seductive aroma.
Revenge.
Righteous indignation.
Blistering anger.
Backstabbing retaliation.
Intimidation.
Sarcasm.
Criticism.
Arrogance.
Cold indifference.
Passive aggressive sabotage.
What’s your poison of choice when someone pushes your hot buttons?
Make no mistake. Nothing makes a smart and talented Type A superstar look like a donkey’s backside [...]

Untangle the Triangle

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Backstabbing. Blindsided. Back channeling.
What do all of these nasty situations have in common? Triangular communication.
Triangles create drama, destroy trust and sabotage relationships.
Let me prove it to you.
Your sixteen-year old asks you if she can spend Saturday with her friends. You tell her no and remind her [...]