Career succession planning and phasing out gracefully (applicable to every function of tribal governance), is always better than being retired on duty, wasting everyone’s time and taking up space. Students will contemplate what they want to be when they grow up and determine if their current station in life, truly is the place where they want to be.  Students will learn about the power of personal discipline and how to use their time wisely and successfully, for the betterment of the community.

Becoming the most effective leader comes down to practicality and not being afraid to get your hands dirty.  In this course, I teach students how to prepare for the long game and to know when it’s time to cash out and walk away: so that everyone, in ideal scenarios, gets what they want. In this course, students will learn how to speak, learn how to breathe, and learn how to let go, in the most pragmatic way possible.

Quite possibly, the greatest lesson everyone will be bombarded with is, that one monkey don’t stop no show, and for most of our organizations, we are all absolutely replaceable.  The sooner we grasp this the better life gets…I’ll explain more in the course. As a collective, we will learn techniques and strategies to reduce stress on the job. 

One of the first stops on the path to practical governance will be understanding how to ask for help, and how to know when to help others. Managing stress through prevention is much easier and more successful, than attempting to correct something after a detriment already occurs.  We’ve all seen the leadership walking around like zombies, from time-to-time all burnt out. 

Don’t be a zombie! Students will be taught to pay attention to the signs and know when to power down and how to find healthy options to do the job well. Not only will we talk about life, struggle, and successes.  But we will survey the establishment of healthy boundaries and how to choose your battles you’re your relationships wisely: a super important concept for every community to master. 

“Tribal governance is more than the shit-show we’ve come to see it as: it can be a beautiful thing when we allow it to be.  Especially, if we can envision the potential future of our immediate communities and our place in the grand story of distant relatives, it’s truly remarkable.  No one lives forever, and knowing when to lead and step aside is integral to the future of our people.  Even as I write this statement, my time as a leader is fading away.  Right now, culminating all around us, are gangs of young-practical-tribal-geniuses ready to completely re-create our cultures; and I am so excited to support them, by fighting the old guard, who just don’t understand their sitting in someone else’s seat”. — Brian Melendez