The Top 10 Outcomes from an Art Petty Live Event

13 High ResDuring the past few years, my speaking work has expanded tremendously as an outgrowth of my management and leadership writing. The opportunity to share ideas with great teams, firms and leaders is exhilarating and the honor of sharing ideas on thriving in our firms and careers a bit humbling. I take my responsibility to deliver a program that promotes positive actions and outcomes for you very seriously.

The outcomes below are extracted from actual client feedback in post-session surveys, with some value-added context from myself. And, I may have interjected just a bit of fun into the outcomes!

Whether it is your company meeting, a midyear kickoff or your management or project team meeting, I want to join you in catalyzing a revolution of positive change and sustained professional growth!

The Top 10 Outcomes from an Art Petty Live Event:

  1. No one will have to go to the emergency room because I convinced them to walk over hot coals. (Gimmicks don’t teach or inspire change.)
  2. Your boss will say, “Wow, I thought he was just the writer of all of the those blog posts you keep forwarding to us.” (I write a great deal, but working with live groups is the best way I know to help promote change for the better.)
  3. Some percentage of the audience will wonder how much caffeine I actually consume. (My speaking coach struggles to keep me locked in one place and my gesturing under control. I am passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations transform and succeed!)
  4. Everyone in the room will have at least one Ah-Ha moment about something they can do to strengthen their own performance in their jobs. (It takes “Just One Thing” to make a profound difference in the performance and careers of an individual. I aspire to deliver at least one for every person in the room.)
  5. A percentage of your audience will squirm in their seats just a bit over the recognition that they are leaving performance and their professional development on the table. (Recognizing that you have to work harder is always uncomfortable.)
  6. No one will accuse you of hiring a speaker that hasn’t walked the walk. (I learned by doing—by striving, occasionally failing and always ultimately succeeding in building great teams and great business in software and technology.)
  7. Everyone will feel engaged, involved, and respected during our highly interactive session. (I am not a talking head! Our session will draw you and your team members in to the critical thinking and idea development.)
  8. Your team members will leave this session energized and armed with practical ideas to apply immediately in the workplace. (Everything I write and speak about is intended for immediate application in improving a personal, team or organizational situation. Theory collides with pragmatism and practical guidance wins the day!)
  9. People will remark to you later: “He didn’t preach at us, he helped us think about our challenges, opportunities and approaches in new ways.” (As a wise person once offered, I cannot teach you something, I can only teach you to think. The difference is profoundly important. )
  10. Every single person will think just a little bit differently about their ability to influence the success of the team and firm when they walk out of the room. (It’s your job to give them room to run. I will stimulate the thinking and ideas. Be prepared for a lot of people running to turn ideas into actions.)

All that and more, when we work together to help you rock your next team, company or industry event!

Key Topics (relevant for keynote or extended workshop formats):

  • Level-Up—Helping Our Firm Move from Survive to Thrive in Our Era of Change
  • Level-Up—Surviving and Thriving in Our Careers During Our Era of Change
  • Building High Performance Teams One Encounter at a Time (Project Leadership)
  • Leading in an Era of Uncertainty and Ambiguity
  • Leading in Dangerous Situations
  • Great Decision-Making—Building the the Future One Decision at a Time

I always tailor the material for your particular situation. Let’s connect to talk about your challenges and how to set the stage for a fantastic outcome with your next event!

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Art Petty is a speaker and workshop presenter focusing on helping professionals and organizations learn to survive and thrive in an era of change. When he is not speaking, Art serves senior executives, business owners and high potential professionals as a coach and strategy advisor. Additionally, Art’s books are widely used in leadership development programs. To learn more or discuss a challenge, contact Art.

Conquering Your Fear in the Workplace

insightchalkboardIt’s not often I get to mention W. Edwards Deming and Frank Herbert in the same sentence.

Deming was the quality and management guru who along with his peers shaped many of our management practices today. Herbert was the science fiction author best known for the classic novel and series Dune. Both are inextricably linked on the topic of fear.

Deming in his 14 Points for Management implored managers in point 8 to: Drive out fear.

Herbert in Dune suggested: Fear is the mind killer.

Both were right.

Fear is the cancer in our minds that eats away at self-esteem. It takes our hopes and dreams and convinces us that we’re not worthy or capable or both.

Fear is the tactic of dictators and tyrants in the workplace. Lousy leaders, miserable managers and boss bullies use fear to manipulate others into following…and cowering.

Both kinds of fear—internal and externally imposed—are toxic. Both are capable of being neutralized.

Internal fear is an issue of self worth. Most people I coach who struggle with self-esteem learn over time that their fears have no basis in reality. Given encouragement to try and to learn and to improve, self esteem grows and fear dissolves.

Boss Bullies thrive on intimidating people who allow themselves to be intimidated. When faced with someone willing to stand up and fight, they often back down. And yes, standing up to a boss bully comes with risks. Sometimes you have to make a choice. What’s worse: being beaten down and robbed of your humanity or losing the paycheck? There’s another paycheck out there without a boss bully attached to it.

Say “no” to the fear that holds you back—whether it comes from within or it is imposed on you by a jerk.

Life is too short and you have too much potential to let fear rob you of your future.

Strike out fear. Fear is the mind killer.

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How to Get to “Yes” at Work

put it in contextToo many of us spend our days emphasizing what we want.

I want a bigger budget, more people, a new piece of equipment.

We’re all angling at some time for something in a world of limited resources. The “ask” may be a bit less direct than I am describing, but the theme is the same. And we’re meeting resistance with these requests.

Skilled negotiators understand their positions—their wants—before they open their mouths. However, they also understand what they want does not matter to the other party.

They do three things with this insight:

  1. They talk in terms of their interests.
  2. They work hard to understand the interests of the people across the table from them.
  3. They don’t ask for anything until they can wrap it around shared interests.

Try this approach. It works. It works with your boss, with your significant other, with your kids and with the adversary across the negotiating table.

People like to feel like they are achieving their objectives. Help them do that and they are inclined to help you achieve yours.

It is a simple behavior change that will pay immediate dividends.

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Art Petty is a popular speaker and workshop presenter focusing on helping professionals and organizations learn to survive and thrive in an era of change. When he is not speaking, Art serves senior executives, business owners and high potential professionals as a coach and strategy advisor. Additionally, Art’s books are widely used in leadership development programs. To learn more or discuss a challenge, contact Art.

Visit Art’s YouTube Channel.

Get the latest e-book (free) from Art: “A Bold Cup of Leadership Caffeine: Ideas to Stimulate High Performance.” 

See posts in the Leadership Caffeine™ series.

Read More of Art’s Motivational Writing on Leadership and Management at About.com!

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Profile: The Perfect Trio for Business Success

SignaturePopcornNote from Art: When I encounter remarkable small businesses and owners/entrepreneurs, I feel compelled to help them tell their stories. Enjoy the profile of these remarkable young professionals!


What do world-class running coaching, delicious caramel and cheddar popcorn and great marketing all have in common?

In the case of Eric Wallor and Amber and Edgar Murans, three young University of Illinois graduates and successful entrepreneurs, the combination spells hard work, financial reward, and the joy of carving out career paths they love.

For anyone lamenting the work ethic and commitment of the millennial generation, they have yet to meet Eric, Amber and Edgar. These three pursue their work with passion, vigor and with smiles on their faces on even the most challenging days.

A bit of background on this dynamic trio:

Eric is an elite distance runner and successful running coach via his Full Potential Running practice. When he is not training aspiring elite runners, he works as CEO of Signature Popcorn, a joint venture with his sister Amber and her husband, Edgar.

PerfectTrioAmber and Edgar are the founders of Left Hand Marketing—a successful digital marketing/social media firm supporting software, hospitality firms as well as independent business coaches and speakers. They joined Eric in the Signature Popcorn pursuit, and are busy conquering the world of this delightful fun business, one satisfied customer and corporate group at a time.

When I asked them about their approach to their businesses, they shared some life lessons that reflect wisdom beyond their years.

Amber: “We left college and found ourselves all working outside of our degree areas and just not satisfied with our career paths. Add in the financial crash around 2008 and prospects did not seem much brighter. With some nudging from our close friends, we launched Left Hand Marketing, and found an immediate demand for our help with social media marketing.”

Edgar: “We quickly recognized that our clients needed help in more than just social media marketing and we worked hard to learn new skills and translate those skills into social business and social selling initiatives for our customers. From teaching them how to leverage video to building and delivering a training program on leveraging LinkedIn for sales professionals, we have been expanding our services to help our clients grow.”

Eric: “Running is my passion and the ability to coach people of all levels and abilities and watch them set and beat their goals is incredibly rewarding.  I initially focused on face-to-face coaching, and from there expanded to coach runners virtually across the country, and now I am working with a broader range of runners—from elite runners striving for Olympic greatness, to those trying to qualifying for the Boston Marathon and to business professionals striving for fitness and psychic rewards. It is incredibly exciting work for me and I love helping people.”

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When I asked about the tie-in between the popcorn business and their respective coaching and marketing service pursuits, they collectively laughed.

Eric: “This was a door that opened through contacts in our Palatine, IL Chamber of Commerce and we stepped through it. It was purely opportunistic and it has grown into a business that we love. It makes people happy and frankly, the work from production to marketing and fulfillment is just fun. I truly believe God’s hand was at work with this opportunity.”

Amber: “I fell in love with the idea of offering products that make people happy and I jumped in to the research. From flavoring to packaging, labeling, and all of the marketing activities, I feel this is an extension of all of the work we have been helping our clients with in the past few years. And plus, who doesn’t like to wear these cool hairnets? (said with a 10,000 watt smile).

Edgar: “Running this business helps us with empathy and understanding for our marketing clients. We know that we must delight our customers, keep quality at the highest level and of course, market and sell to succeed. There is no better proving ground for our own marketing services than this fun business.”

Vision:

Their vision is to build a thriving popcorn business that becomes a big part of their community and beyond. They are big believers in giving back and looking to pursue charitable endeavors that will help people and make the work they do all the more fulfilling. For them, a key area of focus over the next year will be in developing the fundraising and corporate sales part of the business. They understand that they have a lot of work cut out for them, but excited to take on the journey.

Art’s Confession: “I Have a Popcorn Problem”

Sidenote: I have consumed a lot of popcorn in my time and consider myself a bit of a caramel and cheese popcorn snob. This is the best I’ve ever had. (Sorry Garrett you’re number two in Chicago now.) The carefully cultivated caramel flavoring has just that right blend of rich, dark sweetness (but not too sweet and definitely not greasy), and their trans-fat free cheese version delights the popcorn lover’s palate. Combine the two into what they call the Perfect Duo, and you have….well, you have a perfect duo guaranteed to throw my clean eating program completely off kilter for one delightful popcorn binge. My only lament is that their cheese popcorn has a habit of turning my keyboard an orangeish-yellow, although I suspect that is my fault and not theirs!

The Bottom Line for Now:

As a strategist, I admit to initially struggling just a bit at the tie-in between the different businesses. However, after talking with the group, I get it. Their formula for success blends a bit of opportunism with a whole lot of experimentation and wraps it in a passion for serving their customers. That is the real perfect trio for success in business!

Art Petty serves senior executives and management teams as a performance coach and strategy facilitator. Art is a popular speaker and workshop presenter focusing on helping professionals and organizations learn to survive and thrive in an era of change. Additionally, Art’s books are widely used in leadership development programs. To learn more or discuss a challenge, contact Art.

Get the latest e-book (free) from Art: “A Bold Cup of Leadership Caffeine: Ideas to Stimulate High Performance.” 

See posts in the Leadership Caffeine™ series.

Read More of Art’s Motivational Writing on Leadership and Management at About.com!

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Leadership Caffeine™—The Book and Coming Attractions!

stackofbooksrenderfileAs I mention in the video below, an off-hand comment from my brilliant webmaster, Bob, at DigiSage, gave life to the collection of essays in Leadership Caffeine—Ideas to Energize Your Professional Development. While Bob’s idea turned out to be a lot of work in culling down from 1,000 essays into the final 84, and then editing, annotating, and organizing them for publication, I am grateful for his brainstorm.

The best testament to any leadership and professional development book is that readers find it useful for advancing their cause.

The primary audience for this book has been groups, including: corporations, teams, departments, and industry associations, and the feedback I regularly receive assures me that readers find help for their most vexing challenges somewhere between the covers of this collection. I hope you do as well.

In celebration of the upcoming publication anniversary, I am pleased to offer an updated video overview of the book. For anyone interested in ordering 10 or more copies for their team, drop me a note for pricing information.

The Leadership Caffeine Family is Expanding: 

Last winter, I introduced the free e-book: A Bold Cup of Leadership Caffeine: A Short Guide to Stimulate High Performance  featuring all-new content beyond the book. This free resource blasted off on day one and continues to be downloaded at an impressive clip every day. Please share it far and wide with your team members and with my appreciation for your readership.

Incoming-Focusing on Project Leadership: 

In a few weeks, I will launch: Leadership Caffeine for Project Managers: Ideas and Inspiration to Help You Survive, Sustain and Succeed!

Many of you know that I have spent much of my professional time in the world of high tech and software project management and that I serve as a graduate management instructor in the topic. This collection is a direct outgrowth of my experience and work as an educator and team developer in this arena and as a testament to my regard and belief in the professionals in this great and critical role. I cannot wait to make it available to you!

Look for details on pre-launch pricing in the upcoming weeks as well as information on the  webinars and the keynote and workshop offerings that correspond with the book.

Yours in professional development and success,

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Art Petty serves senior executives and management teams as a performance coach and strategy facilitator. Art is a popular speaker and workshop presenter focusing on helping professionals and organizations learn to survive and thrive in an era of change. Additionally, Art’s books are widely used in leadership development programs. To learn more or discuss a challenge, contact Art.