Journey of a Lifetime: Leadership Pathways to Culture Change in Long-Term Care
Action Pact, Incorporated, 2007 - 289 pages
In her new book, Nancy Fox draws from her life experiences as Eden Alternative executive director, nursing home administrator, caregiver, educator, student, mother, child and grandchild to paint a picture of life as it could be for our elders, and how we can make that happen as leaders and caregivers.From the importance of formal leaders' involvement in culture change to the impact of the leaders found at all levels of the organization, she challenges us to rethink the meanings of leadership and success in human terms. Through her ten leadership pathways to culture change, she carries us through the process of first opening ourselves to the possibilities, then growing ourselves and others. We must learn not only to honor our elders, but also ourselves as caregivers and to begin to see caregiving as truly sacred and valued work.Each chapter amply describes the pathway, and in a friendly, conversational style fleshes out the concept with anecdotes and personal experiences, ending with practical exercises and activities that can disseminate the information to nursing home staff.
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I've read just about every major leadership book out there and I've worked with some great leaders. This book, which is on no one's list, is the best far and away. Truly an inspiration and a road map for change in any service industry. I used it as a bible and change agent to transform a $50 million long term care system. If I could have only one book on leadership to read for the rest of my career, this would be it.