- “I can handle it.” Type A managers say they can shoulder extremely heavy responsibilities, even though they can’t.
- “We will exceed our efficiency targets.” To protect their jobs, managers often agree to uphold unrealistic efficiency standards.
- “Our systems will be converted ahead of schedule.” When that doesn’t happen, executives fall behind and experience excessive stress.
- “I won’t need as many people as I did before the merger.” In the merger frenzy, managers often agree to give away key employees.
- “We have created a great new culture and governance structure.” What looked great on paper—and what everyone agreed to—usually does not prove ideal in practice.
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