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.

Try a Simple Approach to Goal-Setting

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Simple steps lead to clarity For some of us, goal-setting seems to be a mystery, but it doesn’t have to be. There is a simple approach that can keep you on track for setting and achieving your goals. Most people tend to think that goal-setting needs to be a massive, time-consuming venture that requires deep philosophical discussions: what are my priorities; what do I want in life; what is important…

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Building Leadership Skills in Your Community 

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More than likely, you have several shelves full of books about leadership and management. Maybe you’ve attended a four-hour seminar on some aspect of leadership. You’ve listened to motivational speakers. If that has worked for you, great. If not, consider going in a new direction with a community leadership program. I believe that leadership happens in the doing, not the reading. I compare it to riding a bike or sex. You can read all the books you want…

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Hocus Pocus! It’s Time to Focus

“Hocus Pocus! It’s time to focus.” I stole that line from an online forum, but I can’t track down the name of the woman who wrote it. For her, it is a quick mantra to get her moving when she starts to become complacent, feels a goal is overwhelming or starts feeling worn out. It is a mental kick in the pants to get her moving. There are times everyone…

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Being Good May Be Bad For You And Your Team 

It’s something I’ve thought was true, and now there’s proof: Being good at your job is not always good for you. According to research from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, very good employees get punished with more work and with higher expectations than other workers while getting paid the same. My wife used to tell me the same…

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