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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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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...

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...