Whole people form the heart of whole organizations. Although CRWHE’s approach focuses on personal/professional renewal and wholeness, it does so in the context of reflection and dialogue in a safe, trusting, healthy community of colleagues. In settings where colleagues listen deeply, respecting each others’ confidentiality and neither invading nor evading the other, individuals flourish and a strong esprit de corps emerges.
CRWHE’s program of renewal and wholeness is not a quick fix for institutional dysfunction. Yet the investment in whole-people development can contribute significantly to a climate for organizational transformation. Whole people grow and thrive in well-run organizations that value all of who they are. Educators who are valued and affirmed will pay it forward to their students, their colleagues, and the communities they serve.
Today more attention is being paid to the importance of whole people in vital, successful, whole organizations. Two examples are the article on “Inner Work Life” that appeared in the May 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review as well as the book, Harvard Business Review on Bringing Your Whole Self to Work, published in 2008.
Richland College, CRWHE’s host institution, was recognized in 2005 for its whole people, whole organization culture as the first community college recipient of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. That same year Richland was also honored with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence. For ways to learn more about Richland’s approach to the role of whole people in performance excellence, click here.