West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 20, 2014
Twenty-five high performing MorseLife employees recently completed the inaugural MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA), an intensive nine-month program designed to nurture new and prospective leaders to become entrepreneurial visionaries and leaders. MorseLife, founded 32 years ago, is a charitable nonprofit organization with more than 2,000 employees, and provides health care, housing and supportive services to seniors throughout Palm Beach County.
Keith Myers, MorseLife President/CEO, noted that MLA, developed by the Human Resources Department and its Learning Institute, targeted “the best and the brightest” among the organization’s upcoming supervisors and managers, who were nominated by the nonprofit’s executive team in recognition of their potential to expand their leadership skills.
MLA was created as a fast-track, hands-on academic program, focusing on providing leadership training and building entrepreneurial spirit to emerging and existing leaders in three tracks: “Emerging Leaders,” high achieving supervisors preparing for future leadership positions; “Effective Leaders,” high performing managers who wish to take on greater management responsibility; and “Expert Leaders,” high achieving directors who want to hone their skills to become motivators and mentors.
Keith Myers noted that the program combined classroom and group projects, on-the-job experiences and mentorships with the goal of helping participants become strategic, creative, passionate and entrepreneurial leaders. “Building entrepreneurial spirit among our employees – helping them to contribute their ideas and take ownership in our progress, only further builds our potential to thrive in a competitive environment,” he said.
According to Kristofer Cooper, Vice President of Human Resources, at the end of the program, participants engaged in a two-day boot camp, working together on a case study as an exercise in solving complex organizational problems, using the MorseLife organization as a laboratory. “This final project, which the 25 employees completed two weeks ago, simulated what it was like to run a health care business and all of the complex decisions involved – and applying a range of skills learned in the classroom and in the field,” he said
“MLA is an innovative program and we believe one of the few such programs on leadership development in the health care industry,” noted Cooper. “I believe this is what differentiates us in the field – the length we go to invest in professional development and training for our employees, particularly those with the aptitude to think creatively about how to lead MorseLife into the future.”
Keith Myers praised the 25 graduates for working long hours through grueling schedules. “Each of you performed brilliantly in your presentations at the MLA Case Study, and you all deserve another round of applause for your commitment to excellence, desire to grow, and dedication to teamwork at MorseLife,” he said. “As students in this inaugural program, you should be proud of your accomplishments and look forward to future aims and goals to continue your leadership development.”
For more information on MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA), or career opportunities at MorseLife, go to http://www.morselifecareers.org.
MorseLife is a nationally-recognized provider of exceptional care for seniors in Palm Beach County. A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, home health care, geriatric care management, adult day center, and meals-on-wheels. Founded in 1983, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion. For more information, visit http://www.morselife.org.