Leadership

Do the right thing when people are watching!

Do the right thing when people are watching!

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Every once in a while a leadership principle that you have held on to tightly for years gets turned on its ear.

Commanding respect from the disrespectful

Commanding respect from the disrespectful

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I started my nursing career in a very busy teaching-hospital operating room. I loved the excitement, the anticipation of the surgeon's needs. But what I didn't love was the utter disrespect many of the surgeons had for the nursing staff.

Island time is leadership time

Island time is leadership time

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Here is my "I was just on vacation" blog. What could this possibly have to do with leadership? Well, everything.

Leading past the younger generation's bad rap

Leading past the younger generation's bad rap

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It seems that now more than any other time I can remember, people younger than I am are getting a bad rap. Is it deserved? Some thoughts on that, and how we can be good leaders to work around such problems.

On huddling up

On huddling up

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Not everyone who works in long-term care considers himself or herself a leader. This begs us to ask the next question: Is this OK?

Sloan's appointment is a historic moment

Sloan's appointment is a historic moment

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While I couldn't be everywhere during LeadingAge, to the best of my knowledge new executive and president Katie Smith Sloan didn't walk across the stage to the tune of a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quote and a backdrop that said feminist, a la Beyonce.

Early is the new on-time

Early is the new on-time

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A trip back to high school this week helped me remind myself, and students, of three of the most important leadership principles for anyone in any profession.

Break point: Advantage to the one who listens

Break point: Advantage to the one who listens

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If there were a bucket full of all the leadership lessons in the world and you could pull out only one skill to master, it should be the ability to listen. I used to think early in my career the number one skill to be an effective leader was to talk or communicate well. Wrong!

Bouncing back, bouncing forward, and how about just bouncing?

Bouncing back, bouncing forward, and how about just bouncing?

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I think we've all had days where we come home from work and want to hide under the covers. We've also had days when we feel on top of the world. They key, I recently learned, is knowing how to become a resilient leader.

It's hard work having this much fun

It's hard work having this much fun

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Being a leader means allowing the work to happen in an environment that's exciting and fun. I believe too many people simply choose to be miserable.

The dark side of leadership

The dark side of leadership

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Have you ever considered leadership a negative word? Chances are no. All of the books we read, articles we Google, and leaders we aspire to be like are positive. So what about those days where people are just stupid? How do you motivate them when you don't feel very motivated yourself?

This is a freaking good column

This is a freaking good column

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Anyone who knows me knows that coaching and mentoring are joys of mine. Spending time with our teams and encouraging them to become self-reflective and more self-aware is something I live and love to do. Recently, I was reminded I need to take my own advice.

Overcoming intimidation and using your voice

Overcoming intimidation and using your voice

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I find the show "So You Think You Can Dance" interesting. Wait, "interesting"? Maybe that's not strong enough of a word. I love to dance. I love to dance in a safe environment, and when I say safe, I mean I have an appropriate amount of liquid courage in order to have "Moves like Jagger."

Slavitt, Conway rise in rank at CMS

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A number of internal promotions and a few staff acquisitions from a Health and Human Services' insurance unit highlight a series of leadership changes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, it was announced on Monday.

Modeling work/life balance

Modeling work/life balance

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Working too long and too hard is a common occurrence, but it's quite simply wrong. The number of hours you put in on the job does not measure your passion or commitment to your work.

A senior living perspective on ACOs

A senior living perspective on ACOs

We recently joined an ACO with the hopes of delivering a collaborative health care model that will bridge the gap between physicians, hospitals and skilled nursing providers to offer high-quality coordinated care to area seniors.

How to become an exceptional leader

How to become an exceptional leader

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If there's one critical tool to becoming an exceptional leader, it's not drive, smarts or even likeability. It's the ability to listen.

Ask the nursing expert ... about leadership styles

Ask the nursing expert ... about leadership styles

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What type of nurse leadership style works best, and how does it affect quality of care and outcomes?

The "leading cause of death" for LTC leaders

The "leading cause of death" for LTC leaders

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Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a list of the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. Presumably, one goal in publishing the data is to alert us of the hidden dangers, and ultimate outcome, certain lifestyle choices can have on our life. After assisting with the recruitment, training, and development of over 100 administrators-in-training in recent years, I've had an intimate view into what leads to their successes and also what has led to failures.

Ask the nursing expert ... about preparing for survey visits

Ask the nursing expert ... about preparing for survey visits

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Q: There's an upcoming survey visit in my facility. Any suggestions on how to calm the atmosphere? A: The director of nursing sets the tone for the nursing department. Be even more present on your units; check about patients and systems with a tone of both inquiry and support.

Leadership, leader, mentor...what do these terms mean?

Leadership, leader, mentor...what do these terms mean?

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Day in and day out, people are focused on their daily routine. They take care of what they need to do and sometimes don't look further than their current role. No matter whom we are or what our career, we all need leaders and mentors both privately and professionally in our lives. Our parents, our friends, our supervisors, our peers; these are just a few of the groups of people that represent leaders and mentors.

It's a struggle to survive in long-term care, and maybe that's a good thing

It's a struggle to survive in long-term care, and maybe that's a good thing

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We live in a nation that worships people associated with success. We tend to name buildings, highways and even states after such high-level achievers. Perhaps rightfully so. They are the few who show the rest of us what the so-called right stuff is all about.

Ask the nursing expert ... about dealing with workplace 'sabotage'

Ask the nursing expert ... about dealing with workplace 'sabotage'

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My ADON, although smiling and seemingly cooperative, talks about me behind my back and is very critical of my leadership. It's creating an atmosphere of tension and conflict. Do you have any new reference tools to address this issue?

I couldn't live without ... COMS Interactive nursing assessments and data monitoring

I couldn't live without ... COMS Interactive nursing assessments and data monitoring

Comprehensive nursing assessments and data monitoring tools from COMS Interactive provide critical help to the CommuniCare Family of Companies, according to Chief Medical Officer Matthew Wayne, M.D.

Ask the nursing expert ... about filling leadership positions

Ask the nursing expert ... about filling leadership positions

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I have three leadership positions open in my facility and I just can't seem to find what I am looking for. Any suggestions?

Increasing quality of the AIT experience

Increasing quality of the AIT experience

Nursing home quality reflects to a significant degree, its leadership - the expertise and commitment of the administrators in charge of leading person-centered organizations. The "Administrator-in-Training" (AIT) or "practicum" experience serves as an essential educational component, facilitating the transition from student to leader, and research has suggested that this AIT experience is critical to the effective development of health care administrator competencies.

Ensuring competitive advantage through leadership assessment

Ensuring competitive advantage through leadership assessment

The most critical competitive advantage of any long-term care organization is its leadership. Hiring, promoting and developing the right senior executive team have never been more important. But too often, companies make these tough decisions - and costly hiring mistakes -- based on inadequate, incomplete and undependable information.

Quality the focus of AHCA/NCAL symposium Feb. 23-24

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The nation's largest nursing home association and its sister assisted living group will be putting quality practices for long-term care operators under the microscope next Thursday and Friday in Houston. The 4th Annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium features a premium first-day session with university researchers Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D., and Jo A. Taylor, B.S.N., M.P.H. Keynote speakers at the closing general session will be former AHCA Board Chair Mary Ousley, RN, and one-time forklift operator Bob Murphy, Esq., RN, FACHE, a well-known operations expert. AHCA also will hold a Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday, preceding the symposium.

Going back to servant leadership

Going back to servant leadership

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I have to wonder why, when some people get in a "power" position, they kind of turn into real ... dictators. We've all seen it, everyone from the nursing assistant who gets promoted to mentor "newbies," to CEOs of large associations or corporations, to some in political positions. Maybe they feel serving their own needs outweighs others.

Association rolling dice with 'new' approach for nurses: earning certification at the show

The American Association for Long Term Care Nursing is testing a "new" approach at its annual conference next Thursday and Friday in Las Vegas. Nurses will be able to attend a traditional conference and exhibition AND fulfill requirements for certification at the same time. Certification requirements can be fulfilled for Director of Nursing in Long Term Care, Long Term Care Staff Development Specialist, and Long Term Care Safety Specialist.

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