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Archive for October 2015

What is your organizational culture?

Do you know what your culture is within your organization? If not I would recommend you go through an organizational assessment to identify what it is. Some cultures are based on managing by fear, others use a participatory management process, others may be mission driven, some chase the money, in another one staff are valued…

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Tribal/State relations: A work in progress

Tribes and states have had a long history which has frequently been based on mistrust, miscommunication and many missed opportunities. One of the main barriers to successful collaboration efforts has been the lack of awareness by the states as to what Tribal sovereignty means. And to be fair some Tribes have made certain assumptions about…

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How to be an Effective Board/Commission

Whether you are a school board, nonprofit board, or a member of a commission for a Tribal department it is essential that board members understand their roles and responsibilities. You start with your mission as this will guide the policies and procedures you develop. Core values are also very helpful to have unity on as…

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Lessons for Indian country from Steve Jobs

I just finished reading Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson which I would strongly recommend. Of course we all know Jobs as one of the founders of Apple and the creation of the Apple computer, IPhone, ITunes and the Ipad to name a few. While I don’t feel that Tribal organizations can transfer what works in…

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