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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 Hard Work of Leading Is All In Your Mind

April 20, 2016 The hardest work of leading you’ll ever do is not the coaching, problem-solving, communicating and other externally focused activities that occupy your days. Rather, the heavy lifting of creating success as a leader goes on in the space between your ears. It’s choosing right versus wrong; thinking long-term versus short-term,...

How to Get Your Team to Open Up to You

February 9, 2016 It’s impossible to lead effectively if you don’t have an open line of communication with your team members. From my experience in coaching executives and soon-to-be executives, I’ve learned that many leaders talk about their open door policy and their willingness to receive frank feedback, but their actions and body...

Starting Strong as a New Manager: 10 Reminders

December 2, 2015 For anyone getting started (or starting over) on their leadership journey, it pays to remember: Your new title confers authority. You have to earn the respect of your team members. When they succeed, you win. Your boss voted to trust you by promoting you. Don’t let her down. Strengthen her...

Bad Boss? Are You Sure It's Not You?

November 20, 2015 Just about everyone I’ve encountered recently — or so it seems — has an ax or two to grind with their boss. From “she just doesn’t understand me” to “he’s only in it for himself” to “he micromanages me,” the complaints sound like the story lines of bad (redundant?) relationship-gone-wrong...

The Next Act . . . for Later Career Leaders

November 9, 2015 New and emerging leaders are our future. It’s essential to support their development as they take the reins in our challenging world. They are and will remain the focal point of my content at Management Excellence. However, there’s an audience whose needs in my opinion are grossly underserved in the...

The Alchemy of Great Leadership

October 9, 2015 Alchemy, according to Malouin in the Encyclopedia of Diderot, is the chemistry of the subtlest kind which allows one to observe extraordinary chemical operations at a more rapid pace — ones that require a long time for nature to produce. Newsflash, there are no shortcuts to great leadership. Much like...

A Crisis Is a Horrible Thing to Waste

September 24, 2015 When things break bad (even momentarily) in an organization, a number of predictable reflexes kick in. Expenses are cut. Operations reviews evolve into extended, public proctology exams with everyone taking a long look searching for answers and blame. Time horizons shrink, the collective field of vision narrows to a pinhole...

Learning From Your Communication Mistakes

September 11, 2015 You will make many communication mistakes in your formative role as someone responsible for the work of others. People are complex. The process of communicating with others is filled with opportunities for mistakes, misfires and misperceptions. It takes time and more than a few mistakes to recognize your need to...

Resist the Urge to Shield Your Team From Bad News

September 4, 2015 In difficult situations, reality tinged with optimism and backed by encouragement serves as a more effective motivator than a saccharine-sweet message of false praise and manufactured positivity. The fact is we’re not always fine. Strategies don’t always work. Mistakes happen. Competitors confound our best attempts and deals, delay or derail....

The High Professional Cost of Your Inability to Trust

August 28, 2015 “Trust involves the juxtaposition of people’s loftiest hopes and aspirations with their deepest worries and fears.” –Jeffrey A. Simpson Trust is one of those terms that is casually tossed around in business conversations and management literature, yet for each and every one of us, the decision to trust someone is...