How is the health of an organization measured? Let’s look at Magui (former name Carin) Block’s Organizations Repatterning from her Healing the Family System work. She highlights eight key fundamentals that when operationalized, will create and support a healthy, vital organization. Let’s see how we as an Association are doing in each of these areas:
1) The right to belong~The RPA has put policies into place to clarify roles and levels of membership status. We hope these policies will anchor each level of membership from Student through Certified Practitioners through Designated Observers.
2) The balance between giving and receiving~ Balance in this area honors the mutual relationship between collaborators and the organization. I think there can easily be an imbalance in this area primarily because we are almost entirely a volunteer organization. And, one in which very few members step up to volunteer for.
3) Priority due to years of service~Do we honor the initiators or founders of our system? One goal for the Board this year was to step up communication with the Resonance Repatterning Institute. We have had much more communication with Chloe this year and it has been really rewarding for us as an Association. I think we’ll see fruits of our labors as new energy and enthusiasm emerges from leadership at the RRI and the RPA.
4) Management has priority~Two years ago, the RPA was without a designated President. Organizations cannot succeed without an administrative or financial manager. Leadership is in place and just recently, we hired a bookkeeper whom the Board feels will organize our books and make necessary financial contributions for the Association.
5) Performance must be acknowledged~Annually we recognize our members who have given time and talent to the Association. We are so grateful to everyone’s efforts and leadership.
6) Settlements and dismissals with dignity~It is the Board’s responsibility to dismiss and make changes for the betterment of the Association. Last year, we decided not to continue paying our webmaster which gave the Association an immediate savings of over $6,000. Two years ago the membership adopted the Grievance policy (as part of the Ethics policy) for each member to utilize in the event they felt a grievance needed to be initiated to the Board. This policy provides a solid grievance procedure in the unlikely event action needs to be taken on a member of the organization.
7) Orientation towards tasks~Do we have goals and tasks? Are we meeting these goals and tasks? You bet! While the Board has goals created at each March Board retreat, each committee has goals they work on as well. One very big goal that isn’t complete is our logo for the Association. Many of these are a work in progress and we continue to need assistance from the membership to help us help each of you. We have also written an Orientation manual for new Board members and plan to write one for newly certified members.
8) Validating the old ways~Integrating new ideas happen best when the existing ones are validated. This has been a huge sticking point for many of us in the Association. We still get questions such as ‘Why are we separated from Chloe and the Institute’? The Association was separated from the Institute in 2005. The IRS mandated that the Association be created in order to keep membership dues separate from the teaching of Resonance Repatterning. Of course we honor and validate our relationship with the Institute! And we will continue to have a relationship with Chloe and the Institute always.
So, how did we do with our checkup? I believe we are very healthy. Always plenty of room for growth, improvement, and keeping the Association’s heart healthy and pumping long into the next century. What are your feelings about the health of your Association? Every letter I write I am always asking for your support and encouragement with our tasks and goals. How can you help the health of your association? I think there is one area we did not pass: The balance between giving and receiving. We are a member driven organization and cannot be as healthy in this area as we like because too few people volunteer. Help us improve this area in our checkup. Give to your organization. I would love to see each of you resonate with: “I take from the organization with balance, the same way I give it”. (from the Organizations Repatterning).
Individually and collectively we can create and maintain the Association’s health and well-being. What will you provide this year? Contact me or any of the Chairs of the committees anytime. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your support!
And love and blessings to Magui Block for the Organizations Repatterning. You are so appreciated!
With love and blessings to the health of us all~
President, Repatterning Practitioners Association