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January 28, 2024

Discover the Impact of Choosing a ‘Word of the Year’ at Wildwood Senior Living

Category: Senior Living

Author: Daniel Shields, Executive Director

At the beginning of each year, Michael Buckley, Arrow’s personal and professional development coach and “The Chief Feelings Officer,” asks each team member to pick a “Word of the Year.”

To help individuals come up with a word, he offers questions like:

What does your life need more of right now?

And my life will be improved if I have more of what?

Michael reminds us that sometimes, we need more focus. Then, other times, it’s more compassion, and at times, we need more fun! In past years, team members have chosen words such as clarity, confidence, intentional, commitment, consideration, and receptiveness.

This year, team members are actively selecting a Word of the Year for themselves and collaborating to create a word for their community. Picking a personal word and community word is a commitment to doing work on themselves and the “we” and “us” work they want to accomplish as a community.

The Wildwood Senior Living word of the year is “connection.”

People often use this word to describe their bond or relationship with others. It signifies a sense of closeness, understanding, and shared experiences. Healthy connections with residents, teammates, and business partners are crucial for well-being, support, and growth.

By setting an intention for the year, we’re shaping our community for success. Connections underscore the importance of relationships, interdependence, and the intricate interactions that shape our lives. We will incorporate the word into the community’s daily operations through the interdependence and intricate web of daily interactions.

The most significant goals of the year for our community are resident growth, staff satisfaction, and improved communication channels. We prioritize employee growth and retention through education, and we will achieve it through a multi-faceted approach.

The chosen Word of the Year should inspire the team. If it doesn’t, it means they selected the wrong word. Hold yourself and others accountable throughout the year. Engage with team members about their Word of the Year and keep it as a frequent topic of discussion in your community. Monitor your achievements using your 2024 Word of the Year, and we eagerly anticipate celebrating them with you!

The Wildwood Senior Living in Joplin, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Twin Hills Country Club, Northpark Mall, Grand Falls, Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center – National Audubon Society, Spiva Center for the Arts, and George Washington Carver National Monument.

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