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Category Archives: Managing Indigenous Organisations

7 Keys Of Leadership In An Indigenous Organisation

"Leadership" is a key resource requirement in an Indigenous organistion.My readers will know that I have spent 30 years working for Indigenous organisations and through this experience, I have seen well-managed and governed organisations, as well as those that have not been successful. In my opinion, the difference is in the leadership that has been available to them. In my opinion, well-managed and well-governed organisations have strong and inspirational leaders that show the way.They inspire people to work hard and strive for best-practice.How do good leaders do that?In my experience, I have seen the 7 keys to good leadership. They are present in good leaders no matter what the background or history of those leaders.However, I also believe they are not born into a person but rather a person can learn to develop these 7 key characteristics of good leadership.Here are the 7 keys I believe you need to know and develop in order to be the leader of your organisation:-
  1. The key to building trust
  2. The key to possessing emotional intelligence
  3. The key to being open to innovation
  4. The key to asking the right questions
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5 Steps For An Indigenous Organisation To Start A Business

Are you planning to start a new business, either as a commercial business as part of your Indigenous corporation or as a social enterprise, or even as your private Indigenous-owned small business?A for-profit commercial business, even a social enterprise where you reach out to external "customers" in an enterprise that generates benefit for your members, is quite different from a community-controlled organisation that provides services to members.There are significant considerations such as the appropriate and separate legal structure that you would need that would separate the risks of an enterprise from the assets of your organisation. Even if you want to start a private business for yourself or your family, structuring is an important consideration so that you protect your family from the risks of the business. You need to take the proper advice about how to manage these risks.This article is about the steps you should take to ensure that your idea for the enterprise or business is feasible, and how to set it up so that it has every chance of success.Take these 5 steps as you start your considerations and planning.First, make sure that you understand what it takes to be in business for yourself, and assess your own...
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6 Steps To Create Your Plan On A Page

Managing an Indigenous Organisation can be sometimes like herding cats.The organisation is constantly under pressure from things that are happening outside but that affect the work. Lack of resources is a root cause of being unable to organise work and systems to create efficiency. If you have a strategic plan, you probably don't have time to look at it until that time when...it's too late?Yet at the same time, in order to move from day to day chaos, you always need to set a direction, and you need to set it in such a way that it is easy to refer to and to follow.Making To-Do lists is great. But To-Do lists are simply a set of actions, they do not always relate to goals and bigger picture achievements. Without these, any To-Do list becomes lost in a sea of activity.If you are clear about your goals they become possible. But in order to make those goals real, you need plans. Once you have plans, you, and the whole organisation, need to work on them – every day! This means they must be practical and visible.How do you keep your goals and plans front of mind before you get lost...
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External Influences in Indigenous Organisation Planning

Across the last 30 years that I have been working with Indigenous organisations, I have found that Indigenous organisations are the most conscious of writing strategic plans out of any other for-profit or not-for-profit organisations I have ever worked with.The way they do it also follows a trend.When you wrote your last strategic plan, did you do it in a "workshop"?That’s what most Indigenous organisations do – they clear out some time and take their team out of the workplace so they won’t be disturbed, and they spend a couple of days discussing what’s going on in the organisation and how to improve it and set goals and strategies.But here’s what’s wrong with this approach – more often than not you discuss and find solutions for problems and opportunities from inside your business, and forget that it is the external stimuli that could have serious and unpredictable effects.You probably started your planning by applying a little SWOT Analysis. You write on a whiteboard all your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. If your facilitator is on the ball he or she will explain that strengths and weaknesses are internal issues - you can use your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses with...
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