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Archive for September 2014

Update on NAHRA conference

The day started off with several keynote presentations on human resource issues for Tribal organizations and enterprises. One of the issues was on the difference between Native Preference versus Tribal Preference for Hiring criteria. Native Preference means anyone who is a Tribal member gets the highest priority for any position open, while Tribal Preference means…

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Three Ring Circus within the Organization

I am going to take my 3 yr and 4 yr old granddaughters to the circus tomorrow. It got me thinking about how some Tribal organization operate like a three ring circus. In other words they seem to thrive on chaos and drama. This comes from the lateral violence that is part of the legacy…

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Indian Time in the Tribal Organization

Next week I will be presenting on time management at the National Human Resource Association Conference. One of the topics I will be covering is how to deal with Indian time. I was taught this means “it starts when it starts and it ends when it ends.” This is particularly true when one is participating…

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Coping with Difficult People in Tribal Organizations

Just completed a training on dealing with difficult people for a Tribe in our area. It went very well. The causes are many but can include lateral violence in the workplace, personal problems, controllers, slackers or those who just enjoy chaos in the workplace. Some of the strategies for change are first of all making…

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Four Ways for Renewal: Emotional Area

The first area of renewal is mental and the second is emotional. As part of this it is important to be clear on what your values are. Any time you spend clarifying your values will be well spent. One of the most important ones is a traditional value which is respect. It is important that…

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