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Leadership That Waltzes with Assisted Living – by Ty Jones

Ty Jones hosted the Leadership Intensive at the TALA 2024 Annual Conference and Industry Expo.  

First, let me say thank you to Diana, the TALA Board of Directors, and our 2024 leadership intensive sponsor LifeWell Senior Living. It was an honor to conduct the three-hour Leadership Intensive workshop at the 2024 TALA Leadership Conference. A special thanks to all the session attendees for their unselfish and proactive participation throughout the entire duration of the workshop. Collectively, as a group, we dared to do something different and [...]

By |2024-05-16T11:41:35-05:00May 16th, 2024|

Highlights from 2024 Annual TALA Conference and Industry Expo

TALA’s signature event is the Annual Conference and Industry Expo, typically held each spring. The TALA Conference and Industry Expo brings together professionals from across the state of Texas to learn, network, and grow. The 2024 Conference featured a loaded schedule with industry experts, Nursing, Dementia, and Leadership tracks, Hero awards, an Olympian, and more. Here are a few highlights.

TALA 2024 began at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort with a packed day of engaging nursing track sessions and a leadership intensive presented by a [...]

By |2024-05-09T14:25:13-05:00May 9th, 2024|

Transparency in Leadership

This article is the fifth of a five-part series Become a Great Senior Living Leader by the TALA Workforce Development Committee. 

Leading with transparency has multiple benefits to an organization and its people. Transparency is often thought to refer to something that is permeable or see though. When it comes to leadership, transparency refers more to integrity, being open and honest. While it is understood that not every aspect of a business can be shared in its totality (i.e. we don’t share our entire profit and [...]

By |2024-03-06T16:24:09-06:00March 6th, 2024|

Consistency in Leadership

This article is the fourth of a five-part series Become a Great Senior Living Leader by the TALA Workforce Development Committee. Stay tuned each week for the next in the series.  

There are multiple traits that make a successful leader in Senior Living: high emotional intelligence, integrity, respect, self-awareness, communication. One trait that is also key in moving the needle in your business is consistency.

What Are the Benefits of Leading with Consistency?

Leading with consistency means that a leader builds a sense of security with both their team [...]

By |2024-02-28T18:27:07-06:00February 28th, 2024|

Self-Differentiation & Why It’s Important in Work Relationships

This article is the third of a five-part series Become a Great Senior Living Leader by the TALA Workforce Development Committee. Stay tuned each week for the next in the series.  

Differentiation of self is a psychological state in which someone can maintain their sense of self, identity, thoughts, and emotions when emotionally or physically close with others, particularly within intense relationships.

What Is Differentiation of Self? 

Differentiation of self means separating personal feelings and thoughts from those of co-workers, friends, or other networks. Doing so may sound simple, but [...]

By |2024-02-21T11:05:36-06:00February 21st, 2024|

What is Emotional Intelligence?

This article is the second of a five-part series Become a Great Senior Living Leader by the TALA Workforce Development Committee. Stay tuned each week for the next in the series.  

Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to understand and manage your emotions, as well as recognize and influence the emotions of those around you. The term was first coined in 1990 by researchers John Mayer and Peter Salovey but was later popularized by psychologist Daniel Goleman.

The most effective leaders are alike in one crucial [...]

By |2024-02-13T16:08:25-06:00February 13th, 2024|

Getting to Know Staff Needs

This article is the first of a five-part series Become a Great Senior Living Leader by the TALA Workforce Development Committee. Stay tuned each week for the next in the series.  

Let’s start off by stating the fact that we all want to be truly seen and truly known.  The workplace is no exception.  Famous psychologist, Abraham Harold Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs[1] lists five basic needs for all humans:

  1. Self-Actualization
  2. Self-Esteem
  3. Love & Belonging
  4. Safety & Security
  5. Physiological needs

Four of the five relate [...]

By |2024-02-13T16:21:31-06:00February 9th, 2024|

TALA Achieves Great Place to Work Certification for 4th Consecutive Time

TALA has been recognized for the January 2024-January 2025 year as a Great Place to Work®, an internationally respected workplace culture authority.

TALA President and CEO Diana Martinez said, “Being recognized with the Great Place to Work (GPTW) certification is an honor. The team at TALA is the backbone of this organization, being certified as a great place to work means TALA employees feel working at TALA is a positive and enriching experience. This is the fourth certification in a row that TALA has received [...]

By |2024-02-05T15:14:52-06:00February 5th, 2024|

Measuring Workforce Health: Finding Insights in Payroll Data

The workforce is a topic at the forefront for most senior living operators as operators determine the best way to balance labor and business priorities without compromising on resident care. Measuring workforce health quantitatively can be challenging, particularly because payroll data can be complex. However, there are a few simple and actionable ways to use payroll data to measure workforce health by using three key performance indicators (KPIs).

KPI 1: New Hire Turnover Within 90 Days

Definition: the number of employees who leave less than 90 days [...]

By |2023-11-30T16:20:04-06:00November 29th, 2023|

Insights from Recent TALAHour: Successful Integration of Independent Living into Assisted Living, with Pi Architects and Civitas Senior Living

Senior living is much more complex, varied, and creative than ever, and residents and their families expect diverse and numerous amenities. Innovation and flexibility are keys to thriving in this evolving market, and both come into play with the successful integration of independent living into assisted living, the topic of a recent TALAHour webinar hosted by Misty Powell, Chief Program Officer/Co-Founder of Civitas Senior Living, and Greg Hunteman, President of Pi Architects. The two hosts, both TALA members and frequent collaborators on several projects, [...]

By |2023-11-15T16:42:22-06:00November 15th, 2023|
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