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Archive for March 2016

Coaching: The key to maximizing staff’s potential

I have been a big fan of coaching for some time. About 15 years ago I made a decision to hire a personal coach to help me get more organized and to also help me to focus in on what the priorities should be for my business. I met with this coach for several years…

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Holding Tribal Staff Accountable: Key to Team Success

In our society there are many examples of a lack of accountability. If you look at the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan you see no General has been disciplined because of poor decisions they made on the battlefield. In WWII 44 generals were removed from their positions and this was a war we won. In…

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Empowerment: One key to addressing poverty

I have been reflecting on poverty a fair amount recently. While Tribal communities have made tremendous progress over the last 25 years for some the changes have not come as quickly as desired. We have seen a lot of attention devoted to this subject in Indian country going back to when the Merriam report came…

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Systemic change in Indian country

Tribal organizations have been experiencing tremendous change internally and externally. Many Tribes have come to realize the value of what is called systemic change so that you are not just dealing with one aspect of a major priority in the community whether it is a drug epidemic, high poverty levels or organizational issues such as…

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Helping your staff to shine

One of my favorite writers in Indian country is Joe Marshall III who is from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Today I want to write on a quote of his which is as follows and relates to knowing your weakness and focusing on your strengths: “Weakness and strength are necessary for balance. No one or nothing…

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