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Archive for May 2015

The Art of Negotiation

Negotiation is a valuable skill that not everyone or Tribal organization excels at.  It is essential that Tribal organizations learn the value of negotiation so they can get the best possible deal for the organization.  In some cases I have seen some Tribal leaders villify the other side such as the state by saying you…

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Bullying in Tribal Organizations

In the training I conducted today for the White Mesa Ute Tribe on Lateral Violence one of the topics we covered was on bullying. I have been getting more requests to address this issue in Tribal organizations and while it is not an issue for everyone where it does exist it can be very damaging…

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Continuous Improvement should be a standard

I am a big fan of kaizen which is the Japanese word for continuous improvement. Those Tribes that have this as a value for their culture are the most progressive in Indian country.. I feel it is important to have continuous improvement to be an integral part of your life. I try to practice it…

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Honesty is the best policy

You may or may not be familiar with a current event called “DefIategate” which has to do with a quarterback for the New England Patriots Tom Brady and whether he deflated footballs for a NFL game to gain a competitive advantage. There was an independent investigation conducted and the finding was that he was involved…

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Prepare for Sequestration Funding Cuts

There is a very good chance that there will be automatic sequestration funding cuts at the federal level which will have a major impact for Tribes. Some have rainy day funds or a reserve so they will not be as affected. However,most Tribes are highly dependent on federal funding and so for you this is…

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