Author Archives: Arnoldo Mata

Arnoldo Mata heads Leadership Resource Group and has more than 30 years of experience in leadership training and development. Leadership Resource Group works with nonprofits, governments and private businesses on strategic planning projects that provide focus and direction for organizational growth. He also provides training and services in creativity and ideation.

Take Five for Creative Thinking

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Everyone and every organization needs a dose of creativity. We can’t survive without it. We face new challenges every day, and we have to find new ways to respond to them. Unfortunately, we don’t often look for truly creative ways to address these new challenges, but prisoners do. Prisoners spend quite a bit of time coming up with creative ways to get by, whether it’s how to smuggle in, hide…

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Will This Be On the Test?

More than likely, you or one of your classmates asked this question in just about every class you took from middle school to high school to college to graduate school and beyond. You might have even asked the question during your company’s training sessions. I’ve used the question in many other situations. It is a great clarifying question. It is a way to get to what is essential in any…

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Culture Reflects Leadership

There is a saying in counseling circles that goes like this: Every happy family is happy in the same ways; every dysfunctional family is dysfunctional in its own unique way. While this is vast generalization, it is something that can be applied to organizations as well. When you look at successful organizations, there are some things these organizations do well: Clear vision and mission; strong, effective communications throughout the organization;…

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Real Leaders Find Solutions

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We often see leaders as people who take action, and that is certainly part of leadership. But, action in and of itself is not leadership. Real leadership comes when someone offers a real solution. Anyone can take action at any time. Worse, people often act out of a need to do something, anything. This is just reflexive action, something done without much thought. Reflexive action is done out of frustration.…

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Chasing Dreams: Do It Now

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I sat up when saw this missive. It was scribbled on a social media post. I can’t find the source, but it truly impacted me: We all understand that time is precious, but it rarely sinks in. We know we have a limited time in any relationship, job or situation. We realize we will all die some day.” But, we also think that the end is really, really, really, REALLY…

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Don’t Just Paint It Black

In the early days of car manufacturing, Henry Ford said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” For Ford, this was an issue of costs and efficiency. By only offering one color, he could lower his costs by being able to buy that color paint in mass quantities at significant discounts versus higher prices for smaller amounts of many…

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Throwing the Ball to Success

Throwing the Ball to Success

You can find important lessons in the smallest things. You just have to pay attention and look underneath the surface. One of the activities I usually start my seminars with is a game where the group tosses a ball around while calling out their names. There are several challenges along the way, and the group has to respond to those challenges. Throughout the game, I stop every so often to…

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The Benefits of Female Bosses

In my 40-plus years of work, I have had five female bosses. They were all good supervisors; two were excellent. Looking back over all of my supervisors, I think they were better overall than the male supervisors. I answered to a female on my very first major professional position. She was the mayor. I was the city administrator. She was a long-time community activist and businesswoman before she was mayor.…

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Location: A Strategy of Synergy

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It’s the three fundamental principles of business: location, location, location. The right location can make all the difference in your success. But there is more to it than just looking for a high-traffic location. First, I have to point you to this National Public Radio story that got me thinking: “Girls Auto Clinic Owner: I Couldn’t Find A Female Mechanic, So I Had To Learn.” A quick summary of the…

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Be the Opportunist

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“He’s just an opportunist!” someone said after a meeting. We were discussing the aftermath in which one person seemed to get a cushy assignment while others seemed to get to carry the heavy load. The “opportunist” had quietly lobbied for the assignment before the meeting. That’s when it occurred to me that the word “opportunist” gets a bad rap. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines opportunity as: 1) a favorable juncture…

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