Reframing Your Relationship with Influence, Power, and Office Politics

It turns out, ignoring or avoiding the political environment in your workplace is naïve and career limiting. Instead, you need to rethink and reframe your relationship with office politics and focus on building clean-power. Here are seven ideas to help:

Leadership and Management Book Podcast #3—Biographies

For this episode, the focus is on biography. Specifically, we each selected two of our favorite biographies and offer reasons why these are fabulous reads for anyone open to learning from inspirational characters.

Level-Up as a Manager in 2020—New Live-Online Program

A one-of-a-kind professional development experience for managers seeking to strengthen personal and group performance starting in January 2020. Join leadership expert, Art Petty, for The Experienced Manager program where we blend live-online plus coaching plus e-learning to support your personal-professional development and growth.

Situation Awareness Skills Are Critical for Leadership Success

When was the last time you read a book or attended a training session on Situation Awareness (SA)? Unless you work around the military, aviation, or in crisis management situations, chances are the answer is never. That's a mistake. Increasingly, I see what I interpret as the skills to assess, understand, project, and act based on that analysis as a critical set of behaviors for leaders at all levels.

How to Fight the Pressure to Make a Bad Decision

Yet again, we are faced with a firm that potentially allowed the pressure-to-produce force decisions that impacted not only lives but all of the organization's stakeholders. As a manager, you may not face life or death consequences, however, manage long enough and you will encounter situations that challenge your ethics and values. Here are six ideas to help you navigate a situation where the prevailing approach is one you believe detrimental to the firm.

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A Leadership Case—Mistake or a Lack of Discipline? What Would You Do?

The most difficult and impactful decisions in a leader's life are the people decisions. Drawing from examples in the military, a leader has to assess whether an issue was a mistake or a lack of discipline. One merits second chances and the other demands more aggressive action. Here's a case and outcome that illustrates the situation. How would you have handled this situation?

How to Get Ahead Without Being Perceived as a Jerk (Most of the time)

The question, "Do I have to be a jerk to get ahead?" is spoken out of frustration. There's no doubt that in sharp-elbowed organizations, noisy, manipulative individuals can be the ones gaining the plum assignments and key promotions. If you want to get ahead, you don't have to mimic their behaviors, but you do have to choose a strategy to compete. Here are some ideas to help you get ahead without compromising your values:

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