A little bit of everything…

By Steve Moran

I am a sort of researcher . . . I use that term cautiously because it implies academic and that I am not. I just barely made it through freshman English and therefore college, because my freshman English comp professor had the good graces to die, forcing the college to convert my incomplete to a passing grade.

I spend a lot of time looking at all kinds of stories and articles on the internet. A few . . . maybe 5 or 6 are just plain cool. Some are cool, but not worth turning into an article. Others are cool, yet really have nothing to do with senior living; however, I am thinking you might think they are cool too.

Not sure how often we will do this, no more than once a week. Let me know what you think.

Lazy and Sleepless

Are You, Your Staff or Your Residents Lazy and Sleep Deprived? This article suggests that if you can answer yes for any of those groups, it will cost them dearly.

Will Smartphones Go the Way of the Buggy Whip?

A new study suggests that within 5 years we will all junk our smartphones for something better. This means all that technology you invested to make your websites and emails “responsive” will go “kapoof”.  I have no idea if this makes any sense, what do you think?

There is this App . . .

Well actually there are a couple of apps, one that allows high school students to vent about parents, students and peers anonymously. There is another that does more or less the same thing for college and university students. You are thinking this has nothing to do with senior living and you are right, but I found myself wondering what it would look like if there were such a thing for senior living, residents, families and team members.

You Should Write a Letter to Your Team . . . Every Week

This is such a cool idea and really takes very little time. Even in small organizations everyone wants to know what is going on at the top. Not just the official stuff, but the what’s-the-boss-thinking stuff. What is she thinking about; what is he worried about; what are the new big ideas the leaders are thinking about?

Every Sunday Sam Schillace, SVP at Box, writes a letter to his entire team where he mostly just talks about things he is thinking about that he hopes will resonate with his team.  — Wasn’t going to do an article about this but now think I will.

Residents Abusing Residents is a Big Problem

The study is pretty dry and so when you click on the above link feel forewarned, but studies of elder abuse in nursing homes seems to suggest that the biggest risk of abuse is not at the hands of either staff or family members but at the hands of other residents. It is a tough problem to crack.  

There does not seem to be a lot . . . maybe any, research when it comes to assisted living or independent living.

What is the Best Advice You Have Ever Received?

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to talk to hundreds perhaps even thousands of people every year. Some percentage of those people offer up advice. I appreciate it all and some is very valuable. Some less so . . . and, if I am honest, some is just plain bad advice.   

INC recently asked 10 leaders to share the best advice they ever received. You can access by clicking on the title. What is the best advice you ever received?

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