New Year’s Resolutions: Four for Healthcare Leaders in 2017

Lose weight? Get organized? Finally, take that vacation? What were your New Year’s resolutions this year? And how’s that going for you?

A whopping 100 million Americans resolve to make changes in the new year, yet most of them fail. Only 10% of those people successfully keep their resolutions. For busy managers and administrators, work is often cited as the big reason why they are unable to commit to their resolutions. Sound familiar? You can however, resolve today to save $100.00 and learn more about the Four Resolutions (below) by registering for the ACHCA New York Chapter’s 48th Annual Convention, March 5 – 8 at the Villa Roma, Callicoon New York. And if you do this RIGHT NOW, you’ll have put a dent in that “procrastination” resolution!

We’re now almost two weeks into 2017. The holidays are over and the regular pace of business has resumed. It’s easy to fall back into the same old ruts and bad habits. But now is actually the perfect time of year to reflect on last year – the areas of accomplishment or places where desired results were not achieved. And, it’s the perfect time to set your 2017 plans into motion. Here are four resolutions that can help all of us as we power through 2017:

  1. Learn how to delegate and do more of it. Figure out who on your team can take some work off of your plate so you can focus on strategic matters. You will increase the organizational capability of your group, provide your employees with professional growth opportunities, free yourself up to take on a broader range of responsibilities, and create a win-win for your team and organization.
  2. Set realistic goals and follow through with them. Setting goals can be extremely useful, but only if they can be achieved. Like having a to-do list that never seems to get done, setting goals that are unrealistic or unachievable can cause a great deal of frustration and even anxiety. Once you’ve settled on realistic goals, create a detailed, actionable plan for achieving them. Set a timeline. Developing a specific timeframe can help make your goals more achievable. Get to work, track your progress, and make adjustments as needed.
  3. Make more time for you and family and friends. – When asked about her New Year’s resolution, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran respond, “I’ve decided to put joy first and made a thoughtful list of all the people in my life I like best but don’t see often enough. . . I’ve set aside the first Monday night of every month to have them all to dinner. Groups of six — only people who know how to laugh.” Put away your smart phone, leave your email for a couple of hours a week. Carving out time to improve your personal life may actually help improve your work life.
  4. Increase learning and networking opportunities – Take a leadership course online. Attend at least one major industry event this year. Commit to regular networking. A big part of success as an administrator is to never stop learning from your peers and others. It’s very easy to get stuck in the day-to-day minutia, keeping our heads down and rarely looking up at the big picture. While it may sometimes seem like it, you aren’t operating in a bubble! Chances are, there are plenty of your peers who are facing the same challenges. Seeking out learning and networking opportunities can help reenergize you and in turn help you reenergize your team!

Speaking of that … check out some of the information packed sessions at the ACHCA-New York 48th Annual Convention!

  • New CMS Requirements of Participation: What Do I Do Now? – Nancy Levielle, RN, Lisa Volk, RN
  • Keynote: Methods to Mobilize, Market and Leverage Your Quality Initiative – Clint Maun
  • Leader’s Guide to Changing Regulatory Landscape: Five Star Quality Rating — Kris Mastrangelo
  • Nursing Homes are Easy Targets – Professional/General Liability Risks and Preventive Strategies — Josephine Bottitta, Andrew Sheeley
  • Improving Quality in a Changing Health Care Environment: Challenges and Opportunities — Jackie Pappalardi
  • Telemedicine, The Future is now! — Lowell Feldman
  • Long-term Care Trends and Legal Updates — Stephen Hanse, Cornelius Murray, Dan Hiem
  • Setting Paths and Priorities in a Maze of Care and Payment Reforms — Sheryl Rosenfield
  • Principles of Strategic Planning – Inspiration from “The Art of War” — Cecelia Sepp
  • NYDOH Division of NH and ICF/IID Surveillance Updates — Shelly Glock, New York State Department Of Health

Register before February 1, 2017, and save at least $100.00 per person!

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