One of the first lessons someone tried to teach me when I started in this field nearly 20 years ago was “don’t have favorites.” This seemed like such a strange thing to say because I felt myself drawn to certain residents in a way I couldn’t explain. I loved them. I didn’t feel bad; in…
When we consistently practice the little things in leadership, the dream big starts to materialize.
Who would have thought that sitting on a quiet dock in West River, MD, would have anything to do with leadership? Turns out it’s the perfect place for a transformative leadership experience.
Just as many of you experience, we currently have a very challenging younger resident struggling with the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. She has early onset and it has aggressively attacked her. Any sign of the woman she once was is gone.
Unless people ask for advice, we shouldn’t offer it. This is hard. Our instinct is to want to give advice and to be helpful.
As a recovering extrovert, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we all work together.
If you are struggling with offering hope, you may want to consider coaching as a way or tool to do it.
It’s our responsibility to find a way to offer hope even when the day’s work challenges become overwhelming.
When the pressures of this field get to you, the answer is always right in front of you. Keep it in perspective and look to those we serve to brighten our days.
One of my favorite quotes from baseball manager Joe Maddon is, “Don’t ever let the pressure exceed the pleasure.”
What if every day we were only allotted so many words to maintain a healthy communication style? How would we use those words? Would our word diet change at work?
Here’s my own Top 10 reasons why you should think about selling our field to all those who will listen.
In our field, recreating inner warmth is needed. It should happen naturally, but does it always?
Understanding your emotions has everything to do with leadership. As we grow as leaders, we begin to have a true understanding of our emotions — not only understanding them in the moment but understanding where they come from. This is super hard work, but so worthwhile, and can be the key to unlocking your leadership potential.
The bag of tricks long-term care leaders have to fight fears of consists of workforce issues, reimbursement changes, regulatory pressures, and so on and so forth. The list is terrifying, but there’s something even worse to fear.