Nursing Home Management Tools: The Leadership Library

One thing I  like to do is to make resources available to my staff to enable them the opportunity to continue to grow and expand their knowledge in longterm care and all the things that go with it.

Some of these resources include books and dvds.  When I was starting out, my administrator / preceptor / mentor loaned me some books on leadership and management that he’d been reading.  It opened my eyes that there was a lot left to learn.  I realized that many people around me had basically shutdown when it came to learning anything new.  As a result, they were stuck in the same old way of doing things that wasn’t always effective.

On the other hand, I began to read everything I could get my hands on related to management, leadership, marketing, human resources, employee motivation, and anything associated with the nursing home industry.  I learned many things.  I was introduced to many concepts that I may not have otherwise been exposed to.  I tried out different management methods to see what worked for me.  I used marketing tips I picked up along the way.  I learned that there is always something else to learn.

After a bit of success as a nursing home administrator, I also realized that I should do for my department heads and staff members what my boss did for me.  So, I bought a small bookcase, set it up in the conference room, and each month began to add different titles to it.  I introduced my staff to the idea and told them that this was their library.  They could check out a book anytime for free and keep it as long as they wanted.  The only rule was they must return the book before checking out a second one so that it would be available for other team members.   I also made it completely optional.

I ensured all types of books and dvds available – anything related to our nursing home industry.  I also made sure to get many books written in parable or story-form.  A lot of us get tired of the same old educational textbook style jargon.  It helps if there is a neat story to go along with it.  Of course, there were a few department heads that never took advantage of this resource.  They were also the ones who never really performed at their highest potential.  However, there were many department heads and frontline staff, as well, that did utilize the leadership library and made positive comments on how it helped them in their roles.

Some of my favorite books that I make sure are included in the Nursing Home Pro’s Leadership Library are below:

(Note:  These are affiliate links and I will earn a small commission if an order is placed through them.)

 The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey – a great read about proper delegation and getting your employees to handle their tasks without you getting stuck with them.

Good to Great – a great read on how some companies make the leap to great results.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – I began reading this book and realized the characters were almost an exact match to my team!  Ha!  Very informative!

Raving Fans – A must-read for Customer Service!

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