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The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World

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In The Type B Manager, Victor Lipman offers a unique lens through which to view the challenging problems of management. While management has long been considered the realm of Type A individuals—hard-driving, competitive high achievers—all too often these high-intensity traits aren’t effective when it comes to motivating your employees. Many characteristics of Type B indivi ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Prentice Hall Press
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Jennifer Foulks
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Type B managers are out there, but we’re definitely not the majority. I’ve read a lot of books about how to be a more effective manager, and I loved having a perspective that takes personality into account. There are certain stereotypical managerial traits that will just never come naturally to us, and this is the first book I’ve ever read that a) acknowledged this fact and b) gave solid information about what is Type B folks have to learn to do and what we can leverage from our nature to be mor ...more
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
As a type B manager, this book was a lovely set of validations about the different kinds of strengths an introvert might bring to a managerial role and why they work well hand in hand with a type A. It equally demonstrates the pitfalls and provides some practical advice on how to train yourself to beware of them.

Nothing ground breaking if you’re a self aware type B, but an interesting read nonetheless.
Leigh Anne
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A lot of people avoid management because they don't want to give up doing the work they love; others are curious, but worry that, because they're a little more chill, they wouldn't thrive in what they perceive to be a pressure-cooker environment. Truth be told, more laid-back type Bs actually make BETTER managers in some ways. Lipman walks you through the process of what management ACTUALLY involves, and explains which aspects are tailor-made for type B strengths, as well as where they might hav ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
While much of this was common sense, there were some interesting takeaways and some of the common sense points just never occurred to me before. Or struck me in a different way as a new-ish manager. The main one that hit a little close is that us Type B-ers may be nicer managers to our staff than the Type A's, but that's not always good for the customers or the product. It can sometimes lead us to forgiving staff or making excuses for them instead of taking them to task for poor work. Not to ge ...more
Roger Smitter
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a useful book for both Type A AND Type B types. The primary goal in the book is to support the Type B manager.
Melanie Wade Graf
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great tool for managers in any career. I took lots of notes :)
Wendi Tingley
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
A good read with insightful tips and stories. I am a "B" manager among several "A's!" I enjoyed seeing how we can all fit together. ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcl2015, business
Focuses on the balance between empathy and results in management. Straightforward advice with lots of real-life examples (using wolverines, which I thought was fun).
Tina Panik
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full of solid, practical advice. I was hooked from the moment the author acknowledged, "management is not easy." Very helpful. ...more
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