Faculty from the Center share their excitement about the transformative ability of Positive Organizational Scholarship to elevate individuals and organizations.
September 18, 2014
Several years ago, I was invited to give my first public speech, and I made the mistake of saying yes. I was terrified: as a student, my heart used to race at the mere thought of raising my hand in class. For weeks beforehand, I had nightmares about forgetting my lines, waking up in a cold sweat. No matter how much I practiced, for the three days leading up to the speech, I could hardly breathe.
August 1, 2014
One of the things that I value most about the Center is the people. As I wrote in my initial blog about first impressions, right away what caught my attention about the Center were the bright-colored walls and the collaborative set up of each room. However, I quickly realized it’s the interesting people and conversation that make this place so unique. It has only been eight weeks since the Summer Fellows started at the Center, but I have built high quality connections with my fellows much faster than I have in any of my other jobs. I think this is due to the focus on recognizing and sharing positive identities with one another, and our weekly celebrations at the beginning at every Lunch and Learn.
October 20, 2014
In this Positive Links Speaker Series session, Oana Branzei and Neil Hetherington discuss hope as something rational, practical, and warranted. In Oana’s words, they want to “change the way we think about hope, and acknowledge how important hope is in enabling each of us to act towards our future in whichever organization we find ourselves.”
The Task-Enabling™ Exercise (TEE™) improves how you help others and how they help you. By focusing on a specific task, project, or goal, you reflect on all the people who assist you, as well as what they do that is effective and ineffective. The TEE™ then guides you step-by-step through the process to assess who […]
Positive Leadership, The Game ™ encourages structured brainstorming and engagement to help leaders discover possible paths to flourishing and high performance that exceeds expectations. Created by Robert Quinn and Gretchen Spreitzer, renowned professors at the Michigan Ross School of Business, the game organizes leaders into groups to share business problems and offer sustainable solutions that […]
Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is an author, professor, researcher, leadership development coach and organizational consultant. She is the Professor of Psychology, Culture and Organization Studies in Antioch University’s Ph.D. Program in Leadership and Change. She is also a core faculty affiliate of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. A thought leader in the areas of authenticity, identity, diversity, strengths, and value creation, Laura co-edited Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations (with Jane Dutton). Laura earned her MA and Ph.D. (Organizational Psychology) from the University of Michigan and BA (Psychology) from University of Virginia.
Amy Wrzesniewski is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale University’s School of Management. Professor Wrzesniewski earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has won the IBM Faculty Award for her research, and has won awards for her undergraduate, graduate, and executive teaching. Her research focuses on how people make meaning of their work in challenging contexts (e.g., stigmatized occupations, virtual contexts, absence of work), and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling.
Scott Sonenshein (www.ScottSonenshein.com) is an Associate Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where he teaches course in change and leadership. His studies examine the resourceful actions of employees to advance organizational and social/ethical change. He has conducted research in settings ranging from fashion to food trucks, banks to booksellers, and entrepreneurs to environmentalists. This work illuminates the skill, agency, and motivation of individuals to contribute to change and the corresponding organizational practices that foster these outcomes. He currently serves as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal.
Shirli Kopelman in Inc.:
“But over the last decade we’ve witnessed a new trend, especially amongst the men and women attending business schools. These people no longer are satisfied with only collecting paychecks and ascending the proverbial corporate ladder; now they want meaningful jobs.
They yearn for what is called a Career with a Heart. They want work to be aligned with their personal values. They want their jobs to positively fuel, sustain and energize their work over the long-haul. And instead of aiming for the often unattainable work-life balance, negotiating a career with a heart allows their personal and professional lives to complement and nourish one another.”
Chris Myers–the Center’s Doctoral Research Fellow–on the positives of failure:
“We experience failures and setbacks quite regularly at work, and the question of how to make these negative events an opportunity to boost resilience is an important one. The environment that we create at work can have a tremendous influence on our ability to ‘bounce back’ and respond resiliently to a failure.”