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People do their best work when they have context for their labors. Here are three discussions managers should be having with their team members to promote performance and stimulate career growth.

The post Three Discussions Most Managers Don’t Have with Their Teams (But Should) appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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History is filled with examples where a decision at a moment-in-time changed the outcome. As we commemorate the courage of those who participated in the D-Day Invasion in World War II, I look at Eisenhower's decision that day and another fateful decision 80-years earlier that changed the course of a nation. Our workplace decisions aren't on the same scale, yet, the big decisions at a moment in time do change the fate of organizations. What can we learn from history here?

The post What D-Day and Other Big Decisions in History Teach Us About Decision-Making as Leaders appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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Seeing situations through the eyes of others may be the most crucial skill you're not working very hard on in your professional or personal lives. It turns out when you do this—when you truly actually strive to understand how others view situations—the world takes on a decidedly different complexion.

The post One Communication Superpower We Should All Strive to Cultivate appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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As part of your leadership improvement program, it's important to ask for input. The answers and perhaps even more so people's reactions and responses to your questions offer valuable clues to where you need to strengthen your performance. 

The post Two Questions Every Leader Should Ask Repeatedly appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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It's a fact of life as managers and leaders that we must generate results or we lose the opportunity to lead. While some environments are transactional, where the pressure for results at all costs breeds short-term behaviors, you always have the option to choose "How" you will lead. Here are nine ideas you can apply on the run to strengthen your team and promote great performance:

The post Nine Ideas to Help You Lead Effectively in Pressure Environments appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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Finding a new job and finding a new career are two very different activities. For the former, it often pays to be opportunistic. However, for career reinventors, waiting or hoping for someone else to show up with your idea for your next professional move is mostly an exercise in futility. Career reinvention is a full contact, immersive, and deliberate activity.

The post Career Reinvention Journal—Moving Beyond Daydreams to Your “Next” appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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Anyone who has invested time in renovating an older home understands surprises and conundrums emerge every time a wall or ceiling is breached. There are parallels in the world of management where the twists and turns of the marketplace demand change. Great tradespeople and great managers find a way through wicked problems using creativity and critical thinking. Here are seven lessons I was reminded of during a recent renovation project.

The post 7 Management Lessons from a Home Renovation Project appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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One of the key success factors for leaders and for all of us is hiding in plain sight ready for all of us to use. Here are seven key ingredients essential for ensuring respect is present in every encounter.

The post The Secret to Leadership and Career Success is Hiding in Plain Sight appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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Succeeding as a manager of managers is another career adventure steeped in ambiguity and shrouded in uncertainty. This article offers ideas to help you successfully navigate your new job as a manager of managers.

The post Three Big Priorities When You’re Stepping Up to Managing Managers appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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The biggest challenge faced by many individuals who desperately believe they need to do something different with their careers is moving from recognition to action. Here are some ideas to help you start moving.

The post Career Reinvention Journal—Get Out of Your Head and Start Moving appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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