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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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Thriving at the Speed of Change

July 2, 2015 The current theme in much of today’s management writing and speaking focuses on the unparalleled speed and volume of change in our world. From the work of Gary Hamel (video: Reinventing the Technology of Human Accomplishment) to the excellent new book, No Ordinary Disruption, by Richard Dobbs, James Manyika and...

Six Lessons to Help Grow Your Power at Work

June 16, 2015 Ask and answer a simple question: “How did the three most powerful people in your firm (without a “C” in their titles) arrive at their current positions?” In most cases, the answer is the same: They “got stuff done” and they did it by drawing upon the skills and energy...

Letting Go of Your Need to Be the Smartest Person in the Room

June 1, 2015 One of the most common and damaging of a leader’s blind spots is the compulsion to regularly provide evidence that he/she is the smartest person in the room. Many well-intentioned leaders are adversely impacted by this bad habit without realizing it. The impact of what is often not much more...

Uncertainty: Get Over It

April 3, 2015 “Taking control of uncertainty is the fundamental leadership challenge of our time.”—Ram Charan, The Attacker’s Advantage—Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities Frankly, this is a remarkable time to be in business and to be serving in a leadership role. The risks, fears of change, possibilities of disruption or the realities of...

Practice Staying in the Moment

December 31, 2014 “To be present is to listen without memory or desire.” —Wilfred Bion cited in John Baldoni’s new book Moxie—The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership. Our world of work is filled with quick sound-bite exchanges and constant interruptions. Many of us have learned to cope with competing stimuli and the...

The Power of Displaying Passion for Your Work

December 1, 2014 There’s something infectious and likeable about someone who displays obvious passion for their work, particularly when the enthusiasm is anchored in fixing, improving or innovating around something meaningful to others and to the organization. For professionals climbing the rungs of the organizational ladder or navigating boundary crossing in highly siloed...

4 Reasons Leaders Invest Too Much Time in the Wrong People

November 25, 2014 One of the recurring warnings in my writing for leaders is the very sobering encouragement to beware spending too much time with the wrong people. While the notion of giving up on someone sounds very unleader-like, this trap is one that I see well-intended professionals, from CEOs to front-line supervisors...

5 Ideas to Help You Adjust Your Attitude and Improve Performance

October 7, 2014 While Woody Allen offered, “80 percent of success is just showing up,” I might politely suggest the phrase is missing a key ingredient: attitude. There’s a profound difference between showing up and showing up with the right attitude. Our attitude is visible on our faces, discernible in our words and...

Making Good Mistakes

July 30, 2014 The true test of your leadership character isn’t measured by the absence of mistakes, but rather by the mistakes made in pursuit of growth and learning and how you conduct yourself once you’ve made a mistake. Show me a mistake-free leader, and I’ll show you someone hiding from the real...

4 Ideas to Help Employees Move Beyond Their Performance Plateau

June 18, 2014 I’ve encountered more than a few managers who have expressed frustration over the pace of development of someone they have marked for future advancement and increased contribution. For many of these managers, it’s a vexing dilemma with no clear solution. One manager offered: Mary is a talented individual, and I...