Courage: High Performance Habit

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Courage isn’t just something we muster up when we’re called on to slay dragons or play the hero. Our courage is tasked every day, and how we answer its call (or don’t) is a powerful …

High Performance Habit: Influence

High performance; everyone talks about it, but what does it really look like in practice? Here is my story of Habit #5, Influence: No man or woman is an island, though we might occasionally wish we were! When the action or inactions of those around us frustrate us, we’re tempted to imagine that life would …

High Performance Habits 1.0

High performance; everyone talks about it, but what does it really look like in practice? To me, high performance can’t just be an on again/off again thing where I hit that mark, then settle back down to where I was. I need to sustain that high-functioning vibrancy over time. It doesn’t come naturally – at …

Notes from DC

I was in Washington D.C. recently for the winter meeting of members of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation group. A vibrant lineup of speakers was there to share their insights on the current state of healthcare and hospice. One surprise speaker was Brian Blase, Special Assistant to the President on Healthcare Policy. I admit …

Remembering Mary

MARY J. LABYAK August 27, 1948 – February 4, 2012 “I think hospice is the greatest single honor that has ever occurred in my life. To have the opportunity to be a part of building something that makes such a difference to society. And I think what is really important is that hospice is a …

High Performance

Every couple of years, I get the irresistible urge to change things up; to try something new, to push myself past my previous limitations – in short, to grow. I had a business growth spurt that pushed me to publish a book, and a spiritual growth spurt engaging in the Alembic Program offered by the …

Cutting The Cord

What if most of what we know about the process of growing older is wrong? What if we could free ourselves from our presumptions about aging’s inevitable decline, and by doing so come to a new, richer understanding of what our late-life years could and should be? Visionaries are those who see how tied they …

7 Ways To Be An Exemplary Leader In 2018

Whether or not we make New Year’s resolutions, most of us find ourselves looking for ways to improve as the new year arrives. If your goal for 2018 is to become an exemplary leader, here are some ideas to help you get there. 1. Support your staff: Hospice work can take its toll.  When a staff …

Finish Strong

As 2017 draws to its close most of us are going to find ourselves reflecting on the year that’s passing, and taking stock of our personal balance sheet to see how we did. Did we squander our capital – our time, our health, our relationships – or did we build on it, by following through …

5 Trends To Watch In Hospice In 2018

Time to warm up the crystal ball, and kick off the annual roundup of trends to watch in hospice for 2018. Some of them are encouraging; others we’re just going to have to grin and bear. Hopefully all of them will support us in the vital work we do as a new generation of people …