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The Top 10 Outcomes from an Art Petty Live Event

One of the happy outcomes of my leadership and management writing is the opportunity to speak and work with great groups of professionals in live settings. This post outlines the Top 10 Outcomes of one of my live events. I would love to work with you and your team!

Art of Managing—There’s No Substitute for the Right Tools

Most of the tools of management were conceived in an era characterized by a great deal of consistency and predictability…two attributes in short supply today. It’s time to rethink everything, including the tools we use to manage and plan for our very uncertain futures. There is no substitute for the right tool. Sometimes, you simply have to create that tool.

By | 2016-10-22T17:11:09+00:00 June 10th, 2015|Art of Managing, Management Innovation, Strategy|1 Comment

Art of Managing—Managing Effectively is Hard, Good Work

For some reason, the work of management and of managers often is positioned as a poor second cousin to the richer, nobler tasks of leading. That's a false perspective. Good managers with good leadership skills are incredibly valuable to today's organizations. Here are a few reasons why you should be proud of your important role as a manager:

By | 2016-10-22T17:11:13+00:00 August 20th, 2014|Art of Managing, Leadership, Management Innovation|3 Comments

In Pursuit of the High Performance Senior Management Team: Part 1

Most senior management groups are teams in name only, but not in performance. Sadly, the costs to the organization of this failure to coalesce at the senior management level are heavy. Great functional performers are not automatically great team players, and the hard work of moving from a team by name to a team in performance is just that, hard work. In part 1, we kick off our series on creating high performance senior management teams with a look at some of the key conditions for successful teams and an exploration of the 4 key areas senior management teams fail and flail when it comes to pursuing high performance.

Art of Managing: Work is Where the Brain Is

In the past two weeks there’s been a buzz in the world of business generated by two firms changing longstanding working arrangements. Not incidentally, both firms are fighting for corporate survival. I suspect that the fundamental problems of two firms who no longer exist for completely obvious reasons, have as their root causes, something much deeper than whether butts are in seats behind the same walls every single day.

By | 2016-10-22T17:11:22+00:00 March 10th, 2013|Art of Managing, Management Innovation|0 Comments

Lessons in Management Innovation from Main Street

During the past few years, I’ve marveled at the start-ups and small to mid-sized businesses in my community who didn’t need an army of consultants or MBAs to teach them the very relevant and important lessons that Reeves and Deimler share in their recent Harvard Business Review article, "Adaptability-The New Competitive Advantage."

By | 2016-10-22T17:11:32+00:00 February 8th, 2012|Leadership, Strategy|4 Comments

Leadership Caffeine™: Change or Learn to Say, “Would You Like Fries with That?”

Much of the pablum that is passed off for guidance on leading others ignores the reality that the context in which we lead has changed from just a few years ago, and it continues to change faster than any of us can truly understand. While it’s a bit disheartening to realize that those of us with much time under our belts and more than a few laps around the block of life are vestiges of a bygone business era, we are. That doesn’t mean we can’t be relevant, but first, we have to understand and accept some of the important contextual changes in our world of business:

By | 2016-10-22T17:11:32+00:00 January 29th, 2012|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine|0 Comments

Towards Your Growth as a Management Innovator

One of the exciting parts of living and working through “these interesting times,” comes from the opportunity to apply the tools of management in new ways and forms to today’s complex problems. This “management innovation” as Dr. Gary Hamel describes it, is much about the search for approaches to organizing, planning, leading and controlling that better fit the challenges of the 21st century. The implication is that in many cases, we’re still trying to solve new and emerging problems with 20th century management tools.

By | 2016-10-22T17:11:36+00:00 August 29th, 2011|Leadership, Management Innovation|2 Comments