Art Petty

Art Petty is a coach and consultant working with top executives and management teams to unlock business and human potential. Art writes the Management Excellence blog.
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Leadership and Shifting Baseline Syndrome

April 28, 2017 The term Shifting Baseline Syndrome describes the acceptance of changes in baseline measures in a system over time. This syndrome masks or distorts reality. An ecologist who takes key measures of an ecosystem at one point and time and references those as her baseline for research, masks the prior deterioration...

A To-Do List for Leaders Who Need to Grow Up

April 20, 2017 The CEO and founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, recently acknowledged after the latest in a series of misfires at the high-flying firm: “It’s time to grow up,” and that he “Will seek leadership help.” The misfires include a patent infringement suit by Alphabet (Google), a major sexual harassment investigation and...

The 7 Tools of Great Leaders

March 22, 2017 Your purpose as a leader is to become a source of growth for the people around you. There’s nothing more sacred or important in your work than helping others grow. To do this, you need to draw upon seven powerful tools. Serving as a source of growth requires a deliberate...

The Discipline of High Performers

February 22, 2017 In an interview with author Tim Ferris (podcast and the book, Tools of Titans: the Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers), former Navy Seal Jocko Willink, describes his mantra as, “Discipline equals freedom.” He goes on to offer, “If you want freedom in life—be that financial...

Quit Waiting for Someone to Show Up

January 19, 2017 I grew up in a home where I was “Somebody, ” and my brother was “Anybody.” When Mom shouted, “Will Somebody please take out the garbage,” it was a statement, not a question, and I jumped to attention. If the question was, “Did Anybody feed the rabbit?” my brother was...

Project Management for the Rest of Us

January 10, 2017 For many individuals thrust or drafted into the role of initiative or project leader without a formal background in project management, expect a steep learning curve and bumpy ride. In spite of the popularity of project management training and the growth in the number of certified professionals, most projects in...

Creating a Sense of Purpose at Work

December 13, 2016 I published an article recently at The Balance, entitled: “Finding Meaning and Purpose in Your Work as a Manager.” The essence of the article is that you give life to the meaning and purpose by how you think about and approach your work. If your emphasis every day is to...

Leadership Lessons from the Classroom

November 25, 2016 The late great jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger and bandleader, Maynard Ferguson, was once asked why he devoted so much time to teaching young music students. His answer (I paraphrase) echoes in my mind to this day: “If you can teach, why wouldn’t you?” You got the impression from Maynard...

How to Spot Leadership Potential

October 24, 2016 Every effective leader I’ve worked around is a self-admitted talent scout. They are always on the lookout for individuals capable of something above and beyond today’s work-related activities. They are looking for people who display the potential to do more, particularly when it comes to guiding teams and leading others....

How to Work With People You Don’t Like

October 12, 2016 Nearly 100 percent of the time, my coaching and consulting assignments bump up against the relationship issue as an obstacle. Not my relationship with the client, but rather somewhere in the client environment, an important relationship that is so dysfunctional and sometimes toxic it rises to the surface as an...

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