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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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Harnessing the Benefits of Physical Transformation for Career Reinvention

July 12, 2018 The single most important part of my own personal journey for career reinvention has been integrating an obsession with exercise and diet into the work of transforming from corporate executive to a successful executive and career coach and speaker. The benefits from my obsession with physical transformation are measurable in...

There Are No Do-Overs in Leadership

July 5, 2018 In a perfect world, we would all start our roles as managers and emerging leaders fully aware of the behaviors and ingredients that promote success. In reality, the work of leading is learned through clumsy practice and, hopefully, refined over time. I for one would love a do-over for my...

The Challenge Effective Leaders Embrace Every Day

June 15, 2018 I tripped across a simple diagram depicting a continuous loop of learn, adapt, and influence, in a book on negotiation by Michael Wheeler of Harvard Business School, The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World. While his emphasis was on describing the continually shifting environment in...

Career Reinvention May Save Your Health and Life

May 30, 2018 Is Your Job Killing You? I always enjoy Jeffrey Pfeffer’s books, (Power, Leadership B.S.), for the research-backed approach he takes with his topics. In his latest book, Dying for a Paycheck, Pfeffer offers a compelling case for what many of us sense: our work is making us ill. Or, more...

Lead Differently

May 10, 2018 A great deal of energy goes into reconstituting the same 10 core ideas around effective leadership the way a frugal home cook reconstitutes leftovers. At last count, my budget-stretching mother could make at least five dishes out of leftover turkey. The names of the dishes changed, but the taste never...

11 Principles of Positive Persuasion for Workplace Conversations

May 4, 2018 “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well, you might find you get what you need.” —Mick Jagger and Keith Richards While I doubt challenging workplace conversations served as inspiration for the Rolling Stones’ famous song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” the words...

How to Identify Emerging Leaders

April 20, 2018 During a recent workshop, one of the participants asked me how they could do a better job identifying prospective (I prefer the term: emerging) leaders in their organization. It’s a great question and one that merits consideration by every leader in every organization. In my executive management life, I struggled...

The Workplace Conversations You Don’t Want to Have

April 4, 2018 The most expensive, costly conversations in any workplace are the ones never spoken. These are the conversations about the significant issues blocking progress or, the behavioral issues detracting from high performance. The words left unsaid are genuinely the seeds of failure for individuals and organizations. Sadly, these conversations are missed,...

How to Win When You’re Under Attack in a Meeting

March 14, 2018 “When we are stressed, our brain downshifts.” —systems scientist Peter Senge As you climb the ladder in your career, you inevitably encounter situations where a colleague disagrees with your ideas or approaches. For high-stakes topics involving strategy and investments, you’re in competition with others for attention and resources, and not...

The Liberating Power of Accountability

March 12, 2018 Liberating is an odd word to associate with the idea of accountability in the workplace. At least it is until you’ve worked in an environment where accountability is enforced like patronage jobs in Chicago are dispensed—unfairly, unevenly, and directly related to the powerful people you know. The absence of consistent...