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Archive for October 2014

The value of self care

I did some work with the Port Gamble Youth Project this week and the sign above their door says in their Salish language Yahu’nact which means” take care of yourself.” This is a good reminder for all of you who work in stressful jobs within the Tribal organization which is most of you. Sometimes we…

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We Shall Overcome

My heart and prayers go out to all those who have been impacted by the shootings at Marysville and especially to the family members of those most directly impacted from the Tulalip Tribe. It is important to remember that our Tribes and our young people are engaged in many positive actions every day that are…

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How to achieve your goals

Within the tribal organization it is essential that you be familiar with a goal setting process that works. There should be goals you set for yourself which would be part of your individual work plan and then there are team goals. The goal should be stated in positive terms and it should be realistic. Sometimes…

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Progressive Discipline

One of the more difficult tasks of a supervisor is disciplining employees. In virtually all employee policies and procedure manuals the definition of progressive discipline is defined and should be clearly stated. It generally starts with a verbal warning and can progress all the way up to suspension without pay. It is important that you…

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Changing Columbus day to Indigenous Day

Many Tribes have changed celebrating Columbus day to another name or giving the staff the flexibility to have the day off anytime in October. And now some major cities are also looking at changing the name as well. Seattle is the first major city to change the name to Indigenous Day and will use it…

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