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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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Rethinking Remote Work

July 25, 2017 IBM is the latest firm to announce an end to remote working arrangements—a practice it popularized and enabled through its products and advertising. It seems there’s a trend, particularly in struggling companies ranging from Best Buy a few years ago, to Yahoo, and now, IBM (20 quarters of declining revenues)...

New Management Position? Get Ready for the Drama Storm

July 3, 2017 You can set your watch by it. The meeting introducing you as the new manager is barely over and you’re just trying out your new chair at a desk that doesn’t feel like yours yet, when someone pokes their head in and asks, “Do you have a minute?” And so...

Get Over Your Discomfort and Learn to Deliver Effective Feedback

June 27, 2017 Learning to master feedback is every first-time manager’s bogeyman. It’s also an issue for many experienced managers. Experienced doesn’t mean good. We avoid it, dilute it, or (metaphorically) beat people over the head with it. We think that people don’t want to be told what they’re doing wrong. Or right....

9 Mistakes New Managers Should Avoid

June 23, 2017 Rookie manager mistakes. They’re predictable. They’re also mostly preventable. Here are nine that jump up and bite too many first-time managers. Forewarned is forearmed. Rookie Manager Mistake No. 1: Assuming you’ve been tapped for this new role to “shake things up.” Reality: In the history of first-time managers, approximately zero...

The Top 10 Challenges for New Managers

June 22, 2017 Some jobs are harder than others. Navigating the waters of your first-time manager position ranks high on the list. The initial few weeks (years) are what I term the early-awkward phase. Mastery isn’t an issue. Survival is. Mastery comes next decade. Maybe. Most individuals arrive at their first-time management position...

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...