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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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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,...

10 Essential Behaviors for Emerging Leaders

August 10, 2018 My favorite work involves sharing ideas with emerging leaders on the realities and challenges of leading in an environment of volatility and ambiguity. In a recent setting with a diverse group of early-career and first-time managers, we worked together to create a manifesto for leading today. The list below reflects...

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...