LESSONS FROM THE ROAD

We all want to feel a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives – to be part of something bigger than ourselves and aspire to a higher moral purpose. Many of us find this meaning in our work and implementing the Household Model enables us to do just that because even on difficult days we feel fulfilled knowing we are enabling a better life for our most vulnerable…

The takeaway from my last 10 years is that culture change work is fulfilling, morally uplifting, and hard – it is especially difficult for direct care givers. But there is no doubt it is “worth it” in the end. Continue reading

It Takes The Whole Team

Last week long-term care organizations around the country were celebrating National Nursing Home Week with a theme of “Team Care”. At Action Pact, we think every week is a week we should be concentrating on our teamwork. We have always said that it takes involvement from everyone in the nursing home to change its culture and the work of a team of caregivers to create home on a daily basis for and with elders. That is why in the Household Model decisions are made by the household team and not in departmental silos.

We’ve created a podcast for you to hear more about this philosophy and how it works in real nursing homes across the country. We think it is kind of fun, especially since it features participants from our Choreography of Culture Change intensive sharing their stories.

Why We Do Learning Circles

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The learning circle is the handy hammer of culture change – anyone can use it, it’s simple, it’s intuitive and it’s the tool you come back to, over and over, with each new piece of home life you build. For the Household Model to function at its potential, the organization must be reconfigured, doing away with traditional silos and hierarchy. The learning circle is the tool that can assist the organization in that work. Continue reading

4 Ways High Involvement Supports Organizational Transformation

High involvement is essential for deep transformation. W. Edwards Deming, a statistician, was credited with Japan’s rise in manufacturing after World War II. The improvements were seen clearly in the quality of Japanese cars that began to dominate American highways in the 1970’s. Deming’s processes gradually came to influence the entire auto industry. In his book Out of the Crisis, published in 1982, he detailed 14 points vital to transforming business. His 14th point: Transformation is everyone’s job. Continue reading

Facilitating Organizational Change from Within

At Action Pact our philosophy of change focuses on developing leaders who inspire a vision, listen to others and step out of traditional roles and patterns. We specialize in creating learning organizations. In order to do this we help create—and help our clients learn to create—a climate for learning. An important element of that is utilizing different learning strengths. Some of us are visual learners, others are auditory learners and others are kinesthetic learners. Continue reading

When Hierarchy Reigns, Culture Change Efforts Flounder

We can create homey spaces, offer elders more choice and change long standing institutional practices, but culture change and the Household Model will not be effective unless we flatten the organization. As long as hierarchy reigns, elders will not be … Continue reading