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Strengthen Tribal HR’s Stakeholder Management Capabilities

Empower HR professionals to effectively influence and build strong relationships with stakeholders to drive organizational results.

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  • Stakeholder relationships in tribal contexts are sometimes more complex due to the overlap of tribal and business governance.
  • HR must regularly influence stakeholders across a broad spectrum of issues and model best practices, such as applying fair hiring policies consistently.
  • In tribal contexts in particular, influencing can be especially challenging if HR is brought in from outside the tribal community and must build trust in order to function effectively.

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Critical Insight

  • Strong stakeholder relationships in a Native Nations context often require communicating effectively with tribal stakeholders.
  • Building strong relationships with stakeholders across the organization gives HR the influence it needs to succeed in its initiatives and drive business results.

Impact and Result

  • Strong stakeholder relationships begin with open communication. Use McLean & Company’s HR Stakeholder Management Survey to encourage communication between HR and stakeholders across the organization, including tribal stakeholders.
    • Gain a clear understanding of stakeholder needs and priorities, as well as where HR needs to focus improvements.
    • Invite stakeholders to give input on changes, to increase trust and buy-in.
  • Train HR to communicate with and effectively influence stakeholders at all levels.
    • Identify key stakeholders within the organization and develop a strategy for communicating with them.
    • Train HR in six influence tactics, and adapt these to suit tribal culture and values.

Strengthen Tribal HR’s Stakeholder Management Capabilities Research & Tools

3. Build strong stakeholder relationships

Share stakeholder management survey results with leaders and stakeholders, and obtain stakeholder input on goals going forward.

4. Develop a stakeholder management strategy

Prioritize actions going forward, create a communication plan, and track success.

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Guided Implementation 1: Assess current stakeholder relationships
  • Call 1: Discuss the options for soliciting stakeholder feedback, and the merits of using McLean & Company’s HR Stakeholder Management Survey.

Guided Implementation 2: Prioritize stakeholders and prepare to influence
  • Call 1: Discuss which stakeholders to prioritize across the organization according to influence, interest, and level of support for HR, drawing on the results of any surveys used in step 1.
  • Call 2: Discuss how to prepare for and implement influence training.

Guided Implementation 3: Build strong stakeholder relationships
  • Call 1: Discuss communication strategy; address any concerns about talking with particular stakeholders effectively, such as tribal stakeholders.
  • Call 2: Debrief about stakeholder feedback and discuss the draft action plan that you will take to stakeholders.

Guided Implementation 4: Develop a stakeholder management strategy
  • Call 1: Discuss priorities going forward, and how you will track key actions.
  • Call 2: Discuss ongoing stakeholder management strategy, including how to keep building strong relationships through organizational changes.


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  • Michael Day, CIO/VP, Cannery Casino Resorts
  • Anna Broncho, Director of HR, Fort Hall Casino
  • Christina L. Smith, Training Specialist, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
  • Lee Anne Cameron, Director, First Nations and Metis Relations, Hydro One
  • Jim Dybevik, Director of HR, Pokagan Band of Potawatomi
  • Matt Thorpe, Senior Director and Conflict Resolution Specialist, M. Thorpe & Associates Inc.
  • Deborah Armstrong, Programs Director, Nokee Kwe Occupational Skills Development
  • Shauna Bear, VP of HR, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
  • Bob Kayseas, Professor of Business and Associate Vice President, First Nations University of Canada
  • Patty Heath-Gordon, Professor of Business, White Earth Tribal & Community College
  • Chad Cowie, PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Alberta, 2014 Co-Chair of Aboriginal People’s Commission, Hiawatha First Nation
  • Rose Solis, VP of Human Resources, Bentley Mills, Inc.
  • Dr. Allan Cohen, co-author of “Influencing Up” and “Influencing Without Authority”
  • Jamie Neidig, Director of Product Management, Management Concepts
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