Partnering is a method of combining knowledge to provide experience throughout every aspect of a project.

This is accomplished by seeking groups that have a history of good standing and respect, retain expert knowledge in the desired field, and work well together with the other partners to provide an environment of teamwork. Through partnering, you can expect project-specific expertise, upgraded efficiency in planning, little or no errors or work adjustments, and overall lower project cost.

 


Five key characteristics of successful teams:

Teams exist to achieve a shared goal.
Team members are interdependent. They rely on each other to meet shared objectives.
Team members are aware of each other, promoting stability over a long period of time.
Team members determine how their area of expertise gets done.
Teams implement preventive problem solving.

- - Based in part from Alderfer (1977); Hackman, (1990); modified by Simple Quality Management (2001).

Teams are primarily effective when they:

Contain a small number of members.
Possess complementary skills.
Are equally committed to the common purpose.
Maintain specific, measurable, and realistic performance goals.
Have a defined common approach.
Exhibit mutual accountability at all levels.

- - Based in part from Katzenback & Douglas (1993); modified by Simple Quality Management (2001).

 

Simple Quality Management assists with research and evaluation of potential lending sources, including borrowing proposals and debt restructuring options. We have experience with Native American projects, sovereignty issues, and BIA participation.

We seek out and partner with financial services companies who are organized to promote economic independence in Indian Country, specialize in financing Tribal as well as individual enrolled member projects, and utilize methods that are customized for the unique requirements on Indian land.

 


Simple Quality Management assists with research and evaluation of potential construction general contractors, including ability, experience, and availability. We have experience with Native American projects, sovereignty issues, BIA participation, and TERO requirements.

We seek out and partner with construction companies who are experts in convenience store construction and underground and aboveground fuel tank and piping installations, as well as maintaining a history of working well with Simple Quality Management to assist Native American governments, organizations, and enrolled members.

 


Simple Quality Management assists with research and evaluation, seeking out sound and knowledgeable council in many different legal areas. We seek out and partner with legal firms that are aware of and informed in Indian-related law issues, such as sovereignty, tax law, and BIA matters.

 


One of the ways this can be done is to purchase products from a state tax-exempt vendor, which then allows Native American governments to decide how their tax funds are to be used.

Simple Quality Management’s sister company, Sierra Petroleum, is a licensed petroleum distributor and has worked exclusively with Native organizations for over 10 years.