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Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living Professional

Oregon City, Oregon
After spending the past 20 years as an owner and operator of assisted living communities, I have... Full Bio
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'Round the world view by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Yesterday was my first day back in the office following three weeks on the other side of the globe. What an experience it was, to see first hand how people live in Sing ... Read on »
12 Keys to employee engagement – 1 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving It’s a good practice to keep an eye out for management ideas outside of our own profession. If we don’t, we risk becoming insulated and archaic. What we really risk is som ... Read on »
12 Keys to employee engagement – 2 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Have you ever heard members of your team say, “We’ve been out of that stuff for weeks now?” It doesn’t matter what the “stuff” is; it can be frustrating to hear that some ... Read on »
12 Keys to employee engagement – 3 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Naomi can get any resident to take a shower. Even the most stubborn, confused, difficult resident seems to become a marshmallow in her hands. She will sing, laugh, hug and ... Read on »
12 Keys to employee engagement – 4 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “Wow – you’re really great with our clients’ families!” “Thanks for finishing that report so quickly – it was well done, too.” “Kudos to the kitchen team for the great ... Read on »
12 Keys to employee engagement – 5 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Take a quick poll of your employees. Make it in writing, and ask just this one question “Does your supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about you as a person?” ... Read on »
12 Keys to employee engagement – 6 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “We don’t like to train our employees. When they earn certifications or get other accomplishments they think we should pay them more. That just makes a lot more work for u ... Read on »
12 Keys to employee engagement: My opinion counts by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Have you ever worked for a boss who genuinely wanted to hear your opinion? How about one who wouldn’t listen to anyone’s opinion – certainly not yours. Which one made yo ... Read on »
12 Keys to employee engagement: Your job is important by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I love talking to people who are passionate about their jobs. You find them in all walks of life. Our UPS guy is passionate about delivering packages to my door. He bound ... Read on »
12 Keys: Are your co-workers equally dedicated? by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My daughter came home from the school the other day with steam pouring out of her ears. Being a mom, I can see these kinds of things. I asked her what on earth was wrong ... Read on »
3 ideas for creative, low-cost marketing by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I know I usually talk about training and building your team in these newsletters, but today I want to talk about marketing. Interested? Let’s talk! Marketing is the glo ... Read on »
4 steps to becoming a learning organization by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Our culture and society is in fast-change mode. If you don’t believe it, look at the largest growth industries today. One of the largest growth companies is Google, whose ... Read on »
4 ways to connect with technology by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Are you a Facebook addict yet? Notice I added “yet” to the question? Even my 76 year old mom has decided she’s got to get onto Facebook – all her grandkids, nieces, nephews, ... Read on »
5 principles for using competition in training and management by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving How many people attend typical sports events in your community? If you’re in a city with a major league sports team, the answer is probably in the tens of thousands for e ... Read on »
5 questions to spark innovation by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I enjoyed the Harvard Business video on innovation titled “ Thinking Inside the Box .” It’s a 9 minute interview on video, and I confess it has taken me a week to listen ... Read on »
5 things you need to know about a corporate LMS, Part 3 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In Part 1 of this article I shared some information about corporate learning management systems (LMSs) and pricing. Key concepts: having your own LMS gives you total cont ... Read on »
5 things you need to know about corporate learning management systems, Part 1 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving You know the value of training – you wouldn’t be reading this otherwise. You know that training your team is the way to significantly increase retention and build quality and ... Read on »
5 things you need to know about corporate learning management systems, Part 2 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In Part 1 of this article I shared some information about corporate learning management systems (LMSs) and pricing. Key concepts: having your own LMS gives you total control ... Read on »
50 is the new 30 - of course! by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I loved watching the Today show staff celebrate Ann Curry's 51st birthday this morning - but I loved even more knowing that Ann and I are only a month apart in age. Ann ... Read on »
50 is the new 30 - of course! by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I loved watching theTodayshow staff celebrate Ann Curry's 51st birthday this morning - but I loved even more knowing that Ann and I are only a month apart in age. Ann makes ... Read on »