SE01 E15 Michael Lavis
A Culture of Gentleness: Inspiring Change, Engagement, and Loyalty
In this episode, the CEO of Creative Options Regina (COR), Michael Lavis, chats with Dr. Joti Samra about how his non-profit charitable organization focuses on supporting people with disabilities. He speaks to their organization’s values and the personalized strategies utilized to create an environment of safety, warmth, and equality, and how rooting themselves in the philosophy of Gentle Teaching has strengthened the fabric of companionship and community for all they serve. Michael shares how a caring and gentle organizational culture can dramatically lower turnover rates, contribute to organizational growth, and cultivate a multiple-award-winning organization.
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Michael is COR’s founding CEO — a for-impact, charitable organization that develops personalized support services for people experiencing disability in Regina, Saskatchewan. Under Michael’s leadership, COR has grown over the past 11 years to become one of the largest support providers in the province employing nearly 300 people. Michael is passionately committed to nurturing a culture of gentleness throughout the organization — for both employees and people served — and recognizes the key to a healthy workplace begins with the employee experience! COR has been recognized as one of Canada’s Healthiest Workplace (2019/2020), one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures (2020), and named for the 4th consecutive year as one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers (2021).