Type A’s: 3 Business Reasons You Should Stop Trying So Hard

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If you are a tough-as-nails, “I-can-take-anything” Type A who pushes yourself and others over the edge, keep reading.

Type A individuals are prone to blowing off the early warning signs of internal collateral damage. That’s a little like ignoring the fire alarm because you think you’re too cool to burn.

Internal collateral damage includes feeling stressed out, frustrated, exhausted, overwhelmed, impatient, anxious and stretched too thin. It also includes insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, weight gain and heart attacks.

Here’s the deal. You have the ability to stop internal collateral damage before it stops you. Internal collateral damage is created when your stress response system is stuck in the ‘on’ position. Learn to turn off your stress response system and you can conquer internal collateral damage.

Unfortunately, too many Type A’s mistakenly wear their internal collateral damage like rusty war medals.

Listen up, Don Quixote, persevering with high levels of stress, frustration and exhaustion does not make you tougher, smarter or more sexy. It just makes you old, tired, cranky, fat, unhealthy and wasteful.

Yep. Internal collateral damage wastes important resources. Not only are you frittering away your happiness and health, you’re flushing critical business resources down the drain.

John Medina, author of Brain Rules, reveals these stressful statistics:

77% of the workforce reports being burned out.

In 1990, worker depression cost businesses an estimated $53 billion with lost productivity representing $33 billion.

Sleep deprivation costs U.S. businesses more than $100 billion a year.

Statistical analyses from many studies indicate that stress causes companies to lose between $200 billion and $300 billion a year generating up to $75 billion of red ink per quarter.

Wow. Businesses lose $200 billion to $300 billion a year because of stress.

If that’s not enough to convince you to toss the rusty medals, try this.

Here are three hard-core business reasons you should put the kibosh on internal collateral damage:

1. Internal collateral damage destroys an employee’s effectiveness.

As internal collateral damage revs up, your brain powers down. Executive reasoning skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, learning, memory and decision-making all decrease. This impacts both the quality and the quantity of the individual’s work.

To make matters worse, when the frustrated, stressed out or exhausted individual is responsible for managing other people or leading important initiates, the company’s risk exposure soars as the employee’s effectiveness drops. An unhappy, stressed out boss can become a weapon of mass destruction quicker than a possum can play dead.

2. Internal collateral damage sabotages employee satisfaction and engagement.

Think about it. When you’re feeling exhausted, frustrated and impatient, you are rarely feeling happy and satisfied. Why should a business care if their employees are feeling happy and satisfied? One reason: satisfied employees are much more likely to be engaged employees. They get more done and tend to stay in their jobs longer.

Prolonged internal collateral damage creates burnout. The last thing you want is for your most talented people to walk out the door in a flame of frustration.

3. Internal collateral damage metastasizes into external collateral damage.

The natural tendency for a Type A top performer is to react to internal collateral damage by trying harder. They take their strengths to a toxic extreme in order to overcome the resistance caused by internal collateral damage. Sadly, this usually results in bulldozing, blaming, micromanaging and crappy communication.

What this all boils down to is this. Internal collateral damage destroys people, productivity and profits.

What would happen to your bottom line if all of your employees learned how to stop internal collateral damage?