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Archive for June 2017

Laughter is the best medicine

We live in a very troubled world. I can’t change everything but I do have control over my own beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. On this fourth of July weekend I will be spending a lot of time with my family as I am sure many of you are as well. Today I will go see…

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Celebrating diversity

In the picture above you see a picture of First Nations people in Canada demonstrating their unity. There was an interesting article in the NY Times today of how Canada embracing and celebrates diversity in the country which is a major reason why the populist revolt we have seen here in the United States has…

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Ten traditional rules for conducting effective meetings

Most Tribal work groups use Robert’s Rules of Order. While this can be helpful there are other ways to conduct effective meetings. Here are 10 rules of consultation that were developed by the Four Worlds Institute which help you to make better decisions. I conduct a training on this topic if you want to learn…

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How to hire the best and the brightest

I probably comment more on hiring practices than any other HR topic. The reason is a lot of issues you encounter in a Tribal organization can be dealt with more effectively when you have capable people to address them. A lot of communication breakdown, conflicts among staff, poor performance and an inability to follow the…

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Tapping into the nonprofit sector

As we know most Tribes are heavily dependent on federal funding as their primary source of funds. Some have done a good job of accessing state funds. Very few have significant nonprofit support. This is a gold mine that Tribal organizations are missing out on. There was an excellent article today in the New York…

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