The HAC Team Trains Constantly And Works Passionately
By Kyle Riebeling, HAC Faculty/Core Management Group. Have you ever wondered about how The Healing Arts Center does what it does? Who or what is behind the curtain running the show? There is more to The Healing Arts Center than meets the eye. The truth is that there are many hard working people that keep HAC evolving so that it can continue to provide extraordinary transformational education into the future. From the Front Desk Team to the Executive Management Team, HAC is a school that is constantly watching the massage therapy community, surveying what is happening in the massage therapy world and educating itself so that it can educate its students.
HAC is run by three essential groups of personnel: The Front Desk Team, The Core Management Group and The Executive Management Team. Our main decision making team (Core Management Group) meets weekly at HAC for a meeting that we lovingly call "Core". HAC uses a highly transparent style of management. Every Core Manager is required to know the school's financial information in detail including what everyone earns from the headmaster down to the workshop instructors. Nearly every issue that arises in the school is discussed at Core meetings with each Core Manager presenting the status of his or her "zone of control" each week. This creates a highly collaborative environment wherein every Core Manager can contribute to every other Core Manager to improve perspective and enhance the quality of decisions that the group makes. Core moves very quickly using a "learn-decide-act" model of problem solving and business design. This is why so many things appear to be changing rapidly around HAC lately.
Let me tell you that these meetings are definitely are not your average "business-as-usual" business meeting. The special thing about Core meetings is that we spend a large percentage of the time developing the consciousness of conscientious management. Ingrained in every meeting are values of The Healing Arts Center. Two of the most common themes are: learning to use business for the benefit of human beings and taking action to make the world a better place.
Recently at Core, HAC president Dave Kenyon said, "we are just opening the door to fundamental fairness - one of the highest pursuits of a person is to create success in the lives of another." The questions everyone must be asking themselves at HAC is "what can I do?" and "how can I act on it now?".
"You have to be active, you have to be looking how to make the world a better place.", Kenyon elaborates,
"We do have the strength, the voice, and the intelligence to rise above any challenge."
Tom Tessereau, owner and headmaster of The Healing Arts Center, strongly agrees and is extremely grateful for Dave's passion toward being fair and helping others. Tom and Dave go way back. Tom asked Dave to help him do the legal work to take over the Healing Arts Center from its founder, Carol Madsen eighteen years ago. While Tom and Dave have vastly different skill sets, they overlap at the point where both of them insist on compassion-driven business models and an insistence on excellence. "We have learned from Dave that not only is business not the evil entity that people often think it is, but that it can be practiced conscientiously as an extension of one's own moral and ethical values - I have always tried to do this, but now it is in our DNA", said Tessereau. For over a quarter century, HAC has maintained the compassionate legacy of healing that is built in to the very foundation of the school by its founder, Carol Madsen. It is Tom's relentless devotion to transformation and well-being that has made HAC what it is today. Dave defers to Tom in all matters of curriculum and shapes the business model around the "spirit of HAC" rather than allowing business to shape this spirit. As the members of the Executive Management Team, these two friends are a formidable force of nature.
One thing I know for sure is that The Healing Arts Center is operated within the highest of moral standards, and we work together every day in pursuit of helping our community, our society, and our world. We would like to express our gratitude to each and every one of our students, graduates, and patrons. We truly appreciate the community we are building together.
Every company talks about employees as a team, but at The Healing Arts Center this is a daily reality. It is a great opportunity to help run a company that "walks the talk" and makes such a concerted effort to be authentic, transparent and good to the people in which it comes in contact - be it student, vendor, employer or guest. Thank you to everyone at HAC including employees, clients, and students, I am truly grateful and proud to take part in improving lives together.
"At the end of the day we want people taking action to better the world." - Dave Kenyon, HAC President
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