Leadership Skills Development Increasingly Critical for Technical Professionals

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Author, educator and leadership trainer and popular management blogger, Art Petty, introduces a new workshop to help technical professionals successfully transition from a role of individual contributor to first-time leader. Initially piloted at The Data Warehouse Institute World Conference in Chicago during May, 2008, Leadership Mastery for New Technical Leaders offers powerful and practical guidance for technical professionals interested in developing and succeeding as a leader.

During workshops, I survey top technical executives and experienced managers on their satisfaction with their new leader development track-records, and almost universally, they describe themselves as dissatisfied with their performance in this area

Effectively developing new leaders is a critical issue in technical environments, where successful individual contributors are often thrust into the unfamiliar role of leading. Lacking proper context and guidance for leadership, even the best and brightest of technical professionals often struggle with the new challenges of leading. The skills that created success as an engineer, software developer or technical architect are very different from the skills needed to succeed as a leader.

Leadership Mastery for New Technical Leaders is an interactive workshop designed to provide critical context for the role of a leader and to introduce the technical professional to tools, approaches and techniques critical for success. Based on the input gained through extensive interviews for Petty's book with Rich Petro, Practical Lessons In Leadership--A Guidebook for Aspiring and Experienced Leaders, as well as through experience gained in teaching and mentoring hundreds of technical professionals, this workshop provides new technical leaders with tools to put into play immediately in the work environment.

"During workshops, I survey top technical executives and experienced managers on their satisfaction with their new leader development track-records, and almost universally, they describe themselves as dissatisfied with their performance in this area," indicated Art Petty, program creator and Principal and Founder of Strategy & Management-Innovations, LLC. "On top of their self-described dissatisfaction with their new leader development activities, they describe frustration over losing valuable individual contributors and hurting team morale through new-leader start-up disasters. They overwhelmingly agree that if they improved in these areas, it would positively impact their organization's performance," Petty added.

The program emphasizes the development and use of practical, immediately applicable skills, techniques and tools to improve a leader's effectiveness. "As we work through the modules and tools on developing as an effective leader, the participants identify action-plans and improvements to apply to their current challenges," said Petty. "They walk out armed with ideas, plans and tools and motivated to make a fresh difference with their team members," he added.

The program is modular in nature and capable of being delivered as a one or two day workshop or broken down into smaller increments as conditions demand. The second day of the two-day format is designed to include both experienced and new technical leaders with advanced topics including: creating a culture of innovation, mentoring and coaching emerging leaders and creating the operationally excellent team. Petty personally conducts the workshops at client organizations with 5 to 18 participants.

Visit the firm's website for more information or contact Art Petty. For additional information on Leadership workshops or to learn more about Petty's extensive writings on leadership and management, please visit his Blog or the Resource Center at Strategy & Management-Innovations, LLC.

About Art Petty:
Art Petty, founder and principal of Strategy & Management Innovations, LLC, a leadership training and management consulting firm and is a marketing and sales leader, strategist and team-builder with over twenty two years of experience directing the growth, global expansion and rise to market leadership of large and small organizations in a variety of industries. Art's employer and client list includes firms in the software, business intelligence, professional services, electronics, life safety, building automation, retail automation, direct marketing, mailing automation and not-for-profit markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Art is co-author of Practical Lessons in Leadership -- A Guidebook for Aspiring and Experienced Leaders, an adjunct faculty member teaching Quality Management and Project Management at DePaul's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and an active writer, frequent speaker and relentless blogger on all things leadership and management.


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