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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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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...

To Grow Professionally, Find a Swim Buddy

March 7, 2018 I prefer to thin-slice professional development down to single and simple controllable actions in the moment. Instead of worrying about the entire portfolio of issues and behaviors holding you back, focus on one at a time and work on perfecting or strengthening it. This thin-slicing as I describe it tends...

How Bad Leaders Can Become Good Leaders

February 28, 2018 I’ve long subscribed to the perspective that great leaders are made not born. Sure, some individuals have a few more gifts that lend themselves to leadership, however, for the rest of us, it’s a long, painful apprenticeship. And, mostly, we’re bad at the beginning. The early-awkward phase of learning to...

Managing Yourself, 2018-Style

January 30, 2018 Every year I read Peter Drucker’s classic article, “Managing Oneself” as part of my personal-professional navigation process. His “simply powerful” questions help me reorient on my true north and rethink my priorities. If you are a subscriber to Harvard Business Review’s online library, read the article. If not, do yourself...

The Most Important Trait Government Leaders Need Right Now

January 22, 2018 A few years ago, I wrote a post on why I was thankful for those who had taught me what it means to display grit. The article is mostly autobiographical. I’ve had some great role models to observe as they’ve navigated adversity in their lives. If you aren’t clear on...

How to Build Credibility as a Manager

January 17, 2018 Building credibility is much like your fitness program—focus on the right activities at the right time and with the right frequency, and you grow stronger, faster, and more resilient. Here are 16 behaviors to help build credibility as a manager: Respect is never optional. Dispense it in every encounter. Operate...

Three Daily Resolutions of Effective Leaders

January 10, 2018 It’s hard to resist the feeling of personal and professional rebirth that comes with the passing of one year into another. A fresh start is cathartic and motivating. Of course, as anyone who has resolved to change and failed by February knows, this feeling is fleeting as human nature runs...

For Leaders, Results Count, But It’s How You Get There That Matters

December 28, 2017 “A really effective leader can get results and build the capability of individuals and build effective teams so that results are achieved beyond the moment. But they have to get results or they don’t stay leaders.” –Jim Fisher, The Thoughtful Leader Emphasis on that last phrase: “But they have to...