About Art Petty

Art Petty is a coach, 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.

Our Real World Leadership Laboratory

It’s a fascinating time to study leaders. Remember, you can learn from poor examples as well as great ones. I keep a dedicated file in my memory bank labeled, “Don’t Do That—Do This.” Recently, I’m running short on memory for storage. For me, the counter-balance to the overload of news from and about bloviating, gesticulating [...]

By | 2017-02-09T08:51:32+00:00 February 9th, 2017|High Performance Management Teams, Leadership|0 Comments

Leadership Caffeine™—Think and Do Differently

Our reflex action is to follow conventional thinking and apply accepted processes to solving problems at work. Leaders looking to spur innovation have a different approach. They think and do differently. They understand that every problem offers an opportunity to spur creativity and catalyze innovation. Thinking and doing differently is their mantra, as they deliver oxygen to their firms in the form of much needed innovation. If your firm or team is suffocating, it's time for you to think and do differently.

By | 2017-02-07T08:56:13+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine, Leading Change|0 Comments

Leadership Caffeine™—Turning Ambiguity into Advantage

The world is filled with uncertainty and ambiguity, yet we teach our children, students and team members to work according to the rules and to color within the lines. Instead, we should teach our teams to leverage ambiguity by writing their own rules in pursuit of a shared goal. And effective leaders understand that action begets action and ultimately insight, even in the most uncertain circumstances. Sometimes, you just have to "paint the wall" while searching for the next step.

By | 2017-01-17T08:03:49+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine|0 Comments

Running on Empty? First, Eliminate the Energy Sinks

Energy always flows from the source to the sink. In your hot water heater, the water is the sink. Eventually, the consumption of hot water is capable of exceeding the capacity of the source. The same applies in our professional and leadership lives. It's essential to identify and eliminate the heat sinks in our daily lives to free capacity to focus on the work that matters. Here are 12 ideas to help you with this important mission:

By | 2017-01-15T10:50:29+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine|0 Comments

For Younger Professionals: Grow Your Career by Succeeding Wildly Today

I admire people who are hungry for success and willing to work hard to get it. However, for all of us, the road ahead to success as we envision it is often murky. Sometimes it is good to suspend looking to far ahead and to focus on succeeding in the here and now and simply put one foot in front of the other. The future has a way of creating opportunities for those who succeed wildly now.

By | 2017-01-12T07:17:53+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Career|0 Comments