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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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Learning From Your Communication Mistakes

September 11, 2015 You will make many communication mistakes in your formative role as someone responsible for the work of others. People are complex. The process of communicating with others is filled with opportunities for mistakes, misfires and misperceptions. It takes time and more than a few mistakes to recognize your need to...

Resist the Urge to Shield Your Team From Bad News

September 4, 2015 In difficult situations, reality tinged with optimism and backed by encouragement serves as a more effective motivator than a saccharine-sweet message of false praise and manufactured positivity. The fact is we’re not always fine. Strategies don’t always work. Mistakes happen. Competitors confound our best attempts and deals, delay or derail....

The High Professional Cost of Your Inability to Trust

August 28, 2015 “Trust involves the juxtaposition of people’s loftiest hopes and aspirations with their deepest worries and fears.” –Jeffrey A. Simpson Trust is one of those terms that is casually tossed around in business conversations and management literature, yet for each and every one of us, the decision to trust someone is...

Friday Leadership Ideas to Help You Finish Strong

August 14, 2015 A great ending sets the stage for success next week. Here are a few ideas to help you finish strong. Work some magic by re-approaching “What’s not working?” discussions. All of us have been in the project wrap-up that focused on what went wrong or the team brainstorm meeting that...

What to Do When Your Team Is Struggling

July 27, 2015 One of the more powerful leadership learning moments in my career occurred when I was part of project team that was struggling to find traction around an important and complicated strategic initiative. The team was flailing. The first leader, an autocratic, my-way-or-the-highway type, had been replaced with a committee of...

Thriving at the Speed of Change

July 2, 2015 The current theme in much of today’s management writing and speaking focuses on the unparalleled speed and volume of change in our world. From the work of Gary Hamel (video: Reinventing the Technology of Human Accomplishment) to the excellent new book, No Ordinary Disruption, by Richard Dobbs, James Manyika and...

Six Lessons to Help Grow Your Power at Work

June 16, 2015 Ask and answer a simple question: “How did the three most powerful people in your firm (without a “C” in their titles) arrive at their current positions?” In most cases, the answer is the same: They “got stuff done” and they did it by drawing upon the skills and energy...

Letting Go of Your Need to Be the Smartest Person in the Room

June 1, 2015 One of the most common and damaging of a leader’s blind spots is the compulsion to regularly provide evidence that he/she is the smartest person in the room. Many well-intentioned leaders are adversely impacted by this bad habit without realizing it. The impact of what is often not much more...

Uncertainty: Get Over It

April 3, 2015 “Taking control of uncertainty is the fundamental leadership challenge of our time.”—Ram Charan, The Attacker’s Advantage—Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities Frankly, this is a remarkable time to be in business and to be serving in a leadership role. The risks, fears of change, possibilities of disruption or the realities of...

Practice Staying in the Moment

December 31, 2014 “To be present is to listen without memory or desire.” —Wilfred Bion cited in John Baldoni’s new book Moxie—The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership. Our world of work is filled with quick sound-bite exchanges and constant interruptions. Many of us have learned to cope with competing stimuli and the...