Becoming a Person-Centered Organization

Bios began its Person-Centered Organization journey in 2005 when we aligned with the work of the International Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices (TLCPCP).

Through positive rituals training from the University of Oklahoma Center for Learning and Leadership, we were introduced to some of the principles of Person-Centered Thinking. Soon, our Bios leaders were on the journey of becoming Person-Centered Thinking trainers.

Understanding the Journey

Bios supports nearly 1,100 people in two states. Through our own journey to become a Person-Centered Organization, we have learned how to mentor other organizations in improving their operations and beginning their own Person-Centered Organization journeys.

Helen Sanderson, from Helen Sanderson Associates, describes Person-Centered Organizations as having people at their heart, both the people they support and their employees. She describes a Person-Centered Organization as one that reflects the following eight characteristics as a way to understand the Person-Centered Organization journey:

1

It is in the organizational DNA of the Person-Centered Organization to use person centered practices to deliver its mission and values.

2

The organization’s leadership is visionary and leaders ensure actions. There are shared values and beliefs.

3

The organization supports people in achieving the outcomes people want in their day-to-day life and future.

4

There is a community focus, both in helping the people supported become valuable members of the community and in being a positive community contributor.

5

Employees are valued and empowered.

6

There is a culture of individual and organizational learning. The organization is a learning organization, continuously learning and improving. Creativity, action learning and innovation enterprise are expected.

7

Working together, beginning with the person supported, the organization is built through the partnership with its stakeholders.

8

Person-centered practices are embedded throughout the organization. Person-centered practices are “simply the way things get done.”

To become a Person-Centered Organization, contact:
Lori Hauge Vice President, Chief Culture Officer

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