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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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10 Tips for Becoming a Better Leader

March 14, 2019 Learning to lead effectively is one long continuous improvement process. No one comes to this role fully prepared for the rigors, twists, and turns created by people and conditions. It’s a learned process that emphasizes experimentation and adaptation in response to the ample surprises you’ll encounter daily. One great way...

Navigating a Leadership Slump

January 2, 2019 For just about everyone involved in leading and guiding others for an extended period, the time comes when the natural enthusiasm that fueled your work fades. For some, it’s a slow fade characterized by creeping malaise and a sense of restlessness. For others, it’s a full-scale leadership slump with a...

Navigating a Leadership Slump

December 31, 2018 For just about everyone involved in leading and guiding others for an extended period, the time comes when the natural enthusiasm that fueled your work fades. For some, it’s a slow fade characterized by creeping malaise and a sense of restlessness. For others, it’s a full-scale leadership slump with a...

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Leader

December 13, 2018 Learning to lead effectively is one long continuous improvement process. No one comes to this role fully prepared for the rigors, twists, and turns created by people and conditions. It’s a learned process that emphasizes experimentation and adaptation in response to the ample surprises you’ll encounter daily. One great way...

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Leader

December 12, 2018 Learning to lead effectively is one long continuous improvement process. No one comes to this role fully prepared for the rigors, twists, and turns created by people and conditions. It’s a learned process that emphasizes experimentation and adaptation in response to the ample surprises you’ll encounter daily. One great way...

Leader: It’s Time to Develop Your Listening Muscle

October 19, 2018 For the record, I love Tom Peters’ latest book, The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work that Wows and Jobs that Last. It reads like a common-sense punch-in-the-nose reminder on pursuing excellence in the moment with every breath and action you and your colleagues take and make in...

Why Vague Feedback is So Destructive and What to Do About It

October 12, 2018 When feedback is not specific and behavioral, it’s not actionable. Heck, it’s not even comprehensible. Give vague, constructive feedback to a conscientious person and expect them to take an emotional nosedive striving and struggling to figure out what they are doing wrong. Feedback Dissonance I’m working on a particularly complicated...

Three Communication Styles That Can Derail Your Career

September 5, 2018 Your communication skills determine how you are perceived and how successful you are in leading, influencing, and participating in the workplace. Develop yourself as an effective communicator, and you’ll go far in your career. Alternatively, you may be your own worst enemy when it comes to career advancement. There are...

Communication Rules for Survival and Success

August 21, 2018 “A manager’s role, and by extension any leadership position is characterized by overload, ambiguity, and conflict.” -Linda A. Hill, Becoming the Boss Who doesn’t like a bit of overload, ambiguity, and conflict in their days? Managing, especially from the middle of an organization’s food chain, is one tough job. It...

A New Approach to Developing the Whole Leader

August 15, 2018 I want, you want, we all want leaders and managers who can think strategically, help others navigate complexity, create inclusivity, and genuinely provide an environment where individuals and teams are intrinsically motivated to excel. Add in the ability to assist their organizations in navigating the uncertainty inherent in today’s world,...