Knowing when to sit, to stand, and when to walk away is an essential strategy for leadership; and not knowing, can break you (and your community) for years to come. In this course, I teach leaders (of all levels) how and when to pick their (internal and external) battles.  For those of us, who’ve been in the tribal trenches, understand the power of perception, and how it can quickly become a reality (many times faster than fact).  Knowing how to tactically and effectively handle complicated issues (from start-to-finish) as they arise, is what you will learn in this course.

Leadership can often be a stressful and thankless function. As such, it is important for all leaders to grasp early on, that not everyone wants to do your job or even understands it. Because of this, I teach students to utilize their resources in the most tactful and sharp manner possible; so that they can move and shake as transparently as possible, in order to get the job done. 

The machines (Local, State, Federal, Tribal) that most of us are familiar with, are constantly moving with or without you; and you must know when-to-get-on and when-to-get-off of the crazy-train.  In this course, students will learn about the Bruce Willis Effect of tribal governance. Strong understanding of the overall mission (and vision) of your tribal organization will save you years of your life, and I can show you where to look for the cheat-codes (video game reference supreme).

Whether you’re operating in existing infrastructures (one-man-show) or whether you’re creating a new space (new program development), or trying to define a future culture.  I can teach you how to dismantle nonsense before it can occur: very often it can be our own communities that sabotage our forward progress. As tribal organizations develop further, we must be able to think it, before we can name it, in order to bring our new creations into existence.  I can teach you how to strategize mindfully.

Team Management in any size organization, is integral to any degree of success.  Students will be taught about the importance of establishing definitive team goals and sticking to them.  Before exiting the course, students will become versed in the importance of communicating directly. All participants will learn to extract their own personal skills and talents in order to strength-build confidence in their particular craft.

The ability to successfully commandeer standard bureaucratic responses—with logical and tactful, yet cogent argument(s)—is what separates tribes from being, the kind that “ask for permission” and the kind that “tell you the way it’s going to be”. —Brian Melendez