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Archive for November 2014

Five things to be grateful for

I am not a big fan of Thanksgiving but I do like the notion of being grateful. So in the spirit of the season I wanted to share five things I am grateful for. 1) Being able to follow my vision. It is a blessing to be sure to do what I love. I work…

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Ethics for Tribal Organizations

I have been reading about ethical violations by Tribal council members lately but we also see it with staff people in the Tribal organization as well. When your leadership sets a bad example you can be sure it will filter down through all the departments. There are some steps you can take to lessen the…

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Bridging the divide between States and Tribes

I just had another awesome day here on the Rosebud Reservation where I got to see a number old friends. One of them just got elected to the South Dakota State Legislature as a Representative. He is very active on his reservation and serves on a number of boards for various tribal enterprises. I was…

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The Power of the Circle

Within any organization trust is one of the main issues that keeps a team from performing at its highest level. Within Tribal and urban Indian organizations the absence of trust can result in communication breakdowns, rumors and gossiping, and a lack of motivation. Some staff come with trust issues as they may have unresolved trauma…

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Seven Ways to Help Staff be Accountable

One of the issues I often hear about as I work with various Tribal organizations is how do we make our staff more accountable. Most of you are familiar with Pareto’s law where 20% of the people in any program or organization do 80% of the work. While this doesn’t hold true for all organizations…

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