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Archive for December, 2011

Managing Your Life in Management Series. "What is that?"

I had a great conversation this week with a fellow nurse friend of mine about how we manage our lives being managers. What became very clear early in our conversation is that it is not easy. There are so many things you have to manage ie, yourself, your staff, (direct and indirect reports), your upper management team and don’t forget the work itself! 

Then we have a “Life” that needs management also. Relationships with spouses, partners, children, grandchildren and parents. Coordinating personal finances is also a huge area to manage especially since the nurse executive’s ability to make extra money may be limited.

If we don’t manage all of these areas well, we may become discouraged and lose our passion and joy in what we do. Donna Cardillo wrote a nice article depicting that nurse executive who had lost her way.

What tips do you use to manage your life as a nurse executive?
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Thanksgiving! Was it over before it began?

Wow! Thanksgiving has come and gone. This is my favorite holiday because it’s all about the 3 F’s.  Family, Friends and Food.  I love it. I have been cooking dinner for this holiday for over 25 years.  I usually have anywhere from 25 to 40 people and I make enough so that everyone can eat, take food home and still have enough for my family to have leftovers. 

This year something new happened.  The stores opened at midnight, Some as early as 10pm. Is this the new trend?  Will it be Black Thursday evening?  Hold on!  When I was growing up I remember the day after Thanksgiving started the first day of the holiday season.  This year the mall even had its Christmas tree up by mid November and I hadn’t even started shopping for my food yet.
People now had to leave their families earlier to go to work or to get ready to shop. What time will they open next year? After all, sales were up!
I, for one do not want to see this trend continue.  Family is the heart and soul of our culture.  Shopping is not. When the last person left my house, we all felt good, we had renewed relationships and left refreshed.  I look forward to Thanksgiving next year but I hope that we remember what the holiday is really about.  The 3 F’s. 
Share your thoughts.

“Your Journey…It’s all Connected!

Naomi Jones – Life Coach RN