What Do You Bring To The Table?

The days are getting longer and warmer; kids are getting out of school, and the season of family reunions, picnics and long days at the beach are upon us. Relaxed, convivial afternoons will stretch into evenings as families and friends sit together, sharing meals, stories and laughter. The food will be great, because everyone’s brought …

Reflections Of A Woman Entrepreneur

This month is a very special one for me; I am celebrating my 19th year in business as The Watershed Group, a big anniversary for my “baby” and a good moment to reflect on the adventures I’ve had so far as a startup founder and proprietor. I was Executive Director of Hospice of North Central …

Does Your Hospice Need Hospice Care?

Where do you turn for help when your hospice’s health is in question? Once it begins, the problems can seem to cascade one on top of another. The organization is leaking money, and your market share is atrophying. Your staff is unhappy; anonymous letters of complaint are sent in to your Board of Directors, and …

What Do People Want?

What is the number 1 thing in the world everyone wants? Can you answer that? What does everyone want so desperately? I believe that the answer, quite simply, is: MORE. They want more success at work. They want more happiness in life. They want more passion in their relationships. They want more money. More energy. …

Productivity: High Performance Habit

When you’re a High Performer, productivity is not just about ticking things off your “To Do” lists; it’s about focusing on your higher purpose and whether or not you are living your mission – and encouraging, inspiring, and leading those around you to be a part of its accomplishment. Is your workday all about getting …

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 …