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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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The Most Important Trait Government Leaders Need Right Now

January 22, 2018 A few years ago, I wrote a post on why I was thankful for those who had taught me what it means to display grit. The article is mostly autobiographical. I’ve had some great role models to observe as they’ve navigated adversity in their lives. If you aren’t clear on...

How to Build Credibility as a Manager

January 17, 2018 Building credibility is much like your fitness program—focus on the right activities at the right time and with the right frequency, and you grow stronger, faster, and more resilient. Here are 16 behaviors to help build credibility as a manager: Respect is never optional. Dispense it in every encounter. Operate...

Three Daily Resolutions of Effective Leaders

January 10, 2018 It’s hard to resist the feeling of personal and professional rebirth that comes with the passing of one year into another. A fresh start is cathartic and motivating. Of course, as anyone who has resolved to change and failed by February knows, this feeling is fleeting as human nature runs...

For Leaders, Results Count, But It’s How You Get There That Matters

December 28, 2017 “A really effective leader can get results and build the capability of individuals and build effective teams so that results are achieved beyond the moment. But they have to get results or they don’t stay leaders.” –Jim Fisher, The Thoughtful Leader Emphasis on that last phrase: “But they have to...

8 Ways to Improve Communication In Your Office

December 10, 2017 Earlier in my management career, a few courageous employees approached my office with looks of determination and resolve on their faces and what seemed like linked arms blocking my exit from the door. (This was the year before my boss congratulated me for showing everyone I wasn’t just a robot....

8 Ways to Improve Communication In Your Office

December 6, 2017 Earlier in my management career, a few courageous employees approached my office with looks of determination and resolve on their faces and what seemed like linked arms blocking my exit from the door. (This was the year before my boss congratulated me for showing everyone I wasn’t just a robot....

The Reality New Managers Can’t Avoid

November 22, 2017 One of the common reactions to the content I present in my online workshops “Succeeding as a First-Time Manager,” is: “This is hard work.” I agree. Kind of. In a recent article, “Leadership is Common Sense in Action,” I make the case that we over complicate it a great deal....

Seven Ideas to Help First Time Managers

October 30, 2017 The rude awakening for many first-time managers is the reality that they are now actually responsible for the outcomes of others. It’s a far cry from the life of an individual contributor when the only difficult person you had to deal with was staring back at you in the mirror....

When No One Speaks the Truth at Work, You Face a Choice

October 24, 2017 I would be shocked if you couldn't recall being in a meeting where someone in a position of authority uttered something so fantastically full of crap that you thought you might choke. I would be even more shocked if the general response of the individuals present in the meeting wasn't...

Knocking the Negativity Out of Your Career and Life

September 25, 2017 “Research suggests that the human mind has a propensity to pay greater attention to and process the bad compared to the good, a phenomenon often called the negativity bias. Bad feedback has greater impact; bad impressions are quicker to form; bad information is processed more thoroughly…and negative stereotypes are easier...