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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 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...

A Small Investment in This Relationship Skill Will Pay Large Returns

September 12, 2016 As leaders, managers, and contributors, we make the choice every day to transact or transform in our encounters with colleagues and customers. Many opt for the former, exhibiting the bare minimum amount of energy to reasonably fulfill their obligation to the other party. These people transact. In most cases their...

The Single Best Tool to Make You a Better Leader

August 30, 2016 There are seemingly endless opportunities to waste our time in search of improved productivity, increased creativity and higher quality in our personal and working lives. The buffet of apps for our devices and ubiquitous articles offering tips to help us conquer our personal drift toward entropy are everywhere. It feels...

Leading Employees Who Struggle with Self-Doubt

June 22, 2016 The biggest barrier to remarkable achievements in our workplaces is not a lack of resources or a shortage of great ideas. Rather, it is a shortage of a very personal attribute: self-confidence. Of all of the challenges of serving in a role responsible for others, guiding and developing individuals who...

Don’t Let a Toxic Employee Define You

May 23, 2016 Every person who has spent any significant amount of time in a management role has encountered at least one employee from that warm place, and I am not talking about Phoenix. The best of the worst are master manipulators who work within the system confounding attempts to discipline or dismiss...

Good Managers Watch the Actors, Not Just the Action

May 13, 2016 In 30 years of marriage, my wife and I have disagreed on only a few issues of consequence. One of those is our taste in movies. (Hey, movies are consequential!) I am addicted to character study and she loves action movies. Because marriage is built on compromise, we do just...

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...

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