WHAT I BELIEVE: Bridging the Gap
When a newly elected official starts their first day at work, they bring their collective experiences with them. If their job involves the management of large groups of people, or requires a deep understanding of the personalities and processes of a legislative body, they must come to the job prepared. If they don’t, they start the learning process on day one. The knowledge, skills, and abilities to do a job do not come with the title.
After eight years in the Osage Congress with two years as Speaker, Raymond Red Corn knows the Osage Nation’s legislative and budgetary processes as well as anyone. With direct management experience spanning three decades, Raymond Red Corn is ready to go to work on day one in helping to create a desirable workplace where employees can expect to be treated with fairness and respect.
Why is this important to you? Because the quantity of benefits and services you receive from the Osage Nation depends upon how well the Executive branch cooperates with Congress in reaching common goals. Also, the quality of service your receive from the Osage Nation depends upon the attitude and morale of our frontline work teams.
Simple promises of good things to come are just that – promises. Making good things happen requires knowledge, skills, and abilities and a willingness to work. That’s why Raymond Red Corn needs to be your next Assistant Principal Chief.
Empowering the Osage Workforce
You may be asking yourself “I don’t work for the Nation, why should this be important to me.” That’s a good question. Here is the answer.
For the last four years the Osage Nation has operated with a top-down management style. Numerous decisions for 500+ workers, including hiring, firing, travel, promotion, and often discipline, occur at the top rank of leadership. This is wrong, and creates a situation ripe for abuse.
Modern, successful companies do not operate this way, but instead empower their employees to make any decision they have the skills and training to make. Those employees are then held responsible for the results they produce. This approach not only builds leaders in front line work teams, it gives those teams the flexibility to serve you better. Front line work teams aren’t there to satisfy the Chief or the Assistant Chief, they are there to help you.
It’s time to change how things are done on the hill. Making those changes will take time, resources, and hard work. If you want someone willing and able to get us moving in the right direction, vote for Raymond Red Corn for Assistant Principal Chief.
Bridging the Gap – a personal message from the Candidate
Many Osages openly wonder why the relationship between the Executive branch and Congress has been so contentious over the past eight years. Is that just how it is? Or is there a way to fix it?
Any successful relationship is built on trust. That goes for friendships, marriages, and three-branch governments. Congress has an awesome responsibility of allocating millions in resources to the Executive branch, and performing general oversight as your elected representatives. In order to make informed decisions, Congress needs information from the Executive branch.
Sometimes Congress uses information in ways that don’t sit well with the Executive branch. As a result, Executive limits the information available to Congress. Congress believes Executive is hiding information. Executive circles the wagons. You get the picture. Trust evaporates. Communication slows to a crawl. Each begins to operate separately from the other. Both Congress and Executive initiate projects independently without consulting with each other. After a while, a permanent gap develops between our branches of government.
There is a natural bridge between the branches – the Assistant Principal Chief. Over an eight-year period, that bridge has hardly ever been used. It should be. Congress should be pulled in closer to the Executive branch and allowed to have a seat at the table where the Nation’s future is discussed and planned. Congress and the Executive need to share goals while respecting roles. It can be done. It must be done. And the Assistant Principal Chief is the person best situated to make that happen.
This is why I want to hold the position of Assistant Principal Chief. I believe an open, cooperative attitude in the Executive branch will be result in a similar attitude in Congress over time. I believe a full working knowledge of the legislative process combined with an understanding of the personalities involved will result in improved relations between branches, bridging the gap and opening lines of communication.
Those are my goals and beliefs. If you share them, please support me in my effort to be the next Assistant Principal Chief of the Osage Nation.