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The silent screams

I have a hunch we have all heard the saying, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” My guess is we may have even used it a time or two to deal with those who might complain more than others. Make sense? You with me? As we start to find our way through the pandemic, I’m…

Forgiveness in leadership

Third time is a charm. For 2021, I’ve taken on a new challenge for my “Living Leadership” blog. Each month there are words embedded in my blog that come directly from one of our nation’s top thought leaders.  Here’s the first round, In case you missed that installment. Selfishly, I am having a blast reading…

The lingering question

Isn’t it interesting how in January new ideas are so exciting? Then in February, life’s hits keep coming, and there are those, “What was I thinking?” moments. Well, guess what? I’m only slightly feeling that this month. Last month we started a little challenge for my Living Leadership blog. I’ll continue it the rest of…

The peculiar puzzle

As we are looking for things to do at home, we’ve returned to the “good ol’ days” of jigsaw puzzles. Of course, my husband and son made fun of me as I spent afternoons working on them only to have the, celebrate like it’s a sporting event when they get a few consecutive pieces to…

Frustration amplified

Last year around this same time I shared with you my thoughts on residents and  families who complain.  I stand by what I wrote last year, and in 2020 I’ve come to appreciate in a new way the impact complaints have on all of us in long-term care.  The fatigue of the pandemic is doing…

Do you speak Year 2020?

I’ve always been a big believer that the words we choose to use really do matter. They help us understand; they convey emotion and information, and connect us to one another. What will the words of 2020 do for us, and to us?

Do you speak 2020?

In the course of just seven months, words and phrases have taken on a life of their own. They aren’t just words: They are topics for debate, fuel for bitter arguments, tools for discussion and will evoke emotion in people who might otherwise have been silent.

Running on fumes

It’s important for people to know we are running on empty. We have been. I see it in my teammates, and I see it on the faces of my friends across the country.

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