Posts Tagged "leadership"

Do You Have GRIT?

Do You Have GRIT?

Leading Age Keynote Speaker Angela Duckworth Has the Answer… Grit.  What is it?  According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, there are very specific markers that define grit.  The cliff notes are essentially this:  perseverance and passion over the long-term.  Sound familiar? 

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The Clock is Ticking

The Clock is Ticking

I was watching the movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel this weekend. There is a scene where Judi Dench is contemplating a new relationship with a man staying at the hotel. She tells her co-worker that she wants to

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The Leadership Transition Myth

The Leadership Transition Myth

You’ve all heard people say that a “little turnover is expected as leaders change.” I’ve heard it too. The other thing I’ve heard is “turnover is a good thing during a transition. It is a chance to get the right

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Support is a Wimpy Word...

Support is a Wimpy Word…

… Especially when it comes to changing the culture of care in an organization. My boss was the first to use it in the journey we were on. He would say, “I’m here for you; I support what you are

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Coach Each Other, Grow Together, Change Lives

Coach Each Other, Grow Together, Change Lives

Last summer, we had the pleasure of working with 20 nursing homes from California and Colorado for a grant project of ours. One of the grant activities involved connecting project participants with culture change leaders who had an exceptional track

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What Is Wisdom?

What Is Wisdom?

Barry Schwartz is a psychologist who has spent a great deal of his career trying to unpack and understand wisdom. Wisdom is probably our most precious natural resource.

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7 Points On How To Create And Sustain Change

7 Points On How To Create And Sustain Change

Change can be very tricky to affect. So many road blocks exist in the world of of eldercare; from institutional norms, to policies and regulations, to the existing culture of a home, to simple human inertia (an object at rest tends to stay at rest).

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Monday Jumpstart: 50 Quotes on Leadership

Monday Jumpstart: 50 Quotes on Leadership

  Find your motivation Monday with 50 quotes on leadership from Entrepreneur.com. 1. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn

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Eden-Educator

Educators Drive Transformative Eldercare to New Heights

These Educators return to their peers, and the Elders they serve, this week equipped with new ideas and knowledge, prepared to facilitate learning experiences for all the care partners they support.

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In Search of The Magic Formula

In Search of The Magic Formula

Few things are as crucial to the growth of an organization than Principle 10. But when it comes to leadership, my experience tells me there is no magic formula.

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Pushing Past the Goal Line:  Change the Game with Continuous Quality Improvement

Pushing Past the Goal Line: Change the Game with Continuous Quality Improvement

We’ve all heard the saying that you should never rest on your laurels. In the culture change world, change, focusing on driving additional change, and finding ways to build on those changes is a way of life.

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Leadership In The 21st Century

Leadership In The 21st Century

Roselinde Torres discusses how the old models of growing leaders are outdated. Great leadership is essential to thriving in the 21st century, which is depressing when you consider her argument that we are by and large doing it wrong.

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Community Meetings Deepen Connectedness and Stimulate Growth

Community Meetings Deepen Connectedness and Stimulate Growth

Park Place Elder Living in Mt. Pleasant, IA has been holding community meetings with all care partners (Elders, employees, and family members) for six years now. For them, it has remained a vibrant and important gathering time for the community which helps them to grow closer and improve life throughout the home.

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Chicago Wards Sustaining Deep System Changes

Chicago Wards Sustaining Deep System Changes

Listening to the news I learned a ward in Chicago gave their budgetary power to the community instead of to a small group of government officials.

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My Schools Of Leadership

My Schools Of Leadership

I graduated from RN school forty-seven years ago next month.  Unfortunately, at the age of twenty-four when I obtained my first “management” job, I was not prepared to lead people. I spent a small fortune on leadership books, and I

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Like A Penny Waiting For Change

Like A Penny Waiting For Change

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. In our field we do not deal with physics as Newton did, yet his first law of motion is inescapable.

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A Rude Awakening

A Rude Awakening

Leaders in the field of aging services face an interesting quandary. The happiness and well-being of hundreds of residents and staff depend on our leadership and our dedication. It’s a blood, sweat and tears kind of job. When the buck stops with you, and you are responsible for keeping a department, or a community, or an organization moving in the right direction, it can become all-consuming.

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Leadership: The Many Forms And Functions

Leadership: The Many Forms And Functions

Wise Leadership can have no substitute. Much of what The Eden Alternative teaches is meaningless without it. Changing the culture of an institution is challenging and strenuous and is never achieved without some form of struggle.

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Celebrating Transformational Leaders!

Celebrating Transformational Leaders!

Principle Ten of The Eden Alternative states that “Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute.”

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Stage Four and Five of Tribal Leadership: From “We’re Great” to “Life’s Great”

Now a week away from the Eden Alternative International Conference, we look forward to hearing from our keynote speaker and best-selling author John King about his book, Tribal Leadership.

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It’s Time to Celebrate!

We are very excited to announce that Sherbrooke Community Centre has been on the the Eden Alternative journey for 15 years; and what a wonderful 15 years it has been. We have so many reasons to celebrate and so many

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Leadership and Execution: Keys to Culture Change

This copy was originally posted as a Guest Column on McKnight’s Long Term Care News A student preparing her master’s thesis in healthcare management recently asked me, “Why aren’t more organizations doing The Eden Alternative or something like it?” From

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Stage Three of Tribal Leadership: “I’m Great!”

As we count down to the conference, we’ve been talking to best-selling author John King about his book, Tribal Leadership.  Labeled an “unusually nuanced view of high-performance cultures,” Tribal Leadership frames leadership in terms of five distinct stages, each involving

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Feeling Boxed In?

Why is it that we are constantly trying to put our lives, and all the tasks within it, into separate boxes? I find it interesting to see how I compartmentalize paperwork and tasks in my job. I can even remember

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Honoring Passion, Recognizing Champions

We recently heard about two well-deserved recognitions for Eden Registry Members. Piner’s Nursing & Guest Homes in Napa, CA was voted Napa’s best Nursing Home by the Elders of the Napa community! Wesley Meadows Retirement Community in Hernando, MS has

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Wise Leadership, Strong Growth

Wise Leadership, Strong Growth

Though The Eden Alternative’s growth has not been without trips and stumbles, we have come a long way in the last 20 years. I am reminded everyday just how complex person-directed care can be (you need 10 principles just to get in the

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High Energy at High Altitude

  The Colorado Culture Change Coalition ACCORD kicks off on Tuesday morning in Lakewood, Colorado.  Penny Cook and the Coalition team put on a great event. I am looking forward to hanging out with nearly 250 agents of culture change

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Reducing Antipsychotics is Hard Work, but Worth the Effort

An article published in today’s issue of McKnight’s cites the slow progress in nursing homes achieving reductions in the use of antipsychotics as sought by CMS. In stark contrast to this report, I had the privilege to hear about a

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Promoting Engaged Teams

The Canterbury at Cedar Grove Care & Rehabilitation Center in Cedar Grove, NJ has started Pop Up Groups as a way of promoting engaged teams. To create each Pop Up Group, they took the employee list and every team got

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Inspiring Your Board to Get Onboard with Culture Change

    Are you looking for a new idea on how to inspire your Board of Directors to support you culture change journey? Well, Clermont Park in Denver, CO came up with an inspiring idea that they’d like to share.

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Meeting Advancing Excellence Goals with The Eden Alternative®

Goal #1: Improve Staff stability Description & rationale: A stable workforce is fundamental to providing the highest quality care and life in nursing homes and sustaining performance improvement. Working on this goal will provide nursing home staff with resources and

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