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A Positive Impact Beyond My Wildest Dreams

May 27, 2015

By: Madison Romney


A few weeks ago, I wrote a farewell post to an incredible year as a +LAB Fellow at the Center for Positive Organizations, citing all the lessons I’ve learned from POS and all the ways I’ve been inspired this year.  But after two POS-filled days at the Ross Positive Business Conference (PBC), I realized that […]

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Dancing with POS

April 21, 2015

By: Madison Romney


Spring has sprung and with spring comes graduation. This time of year always makes me think of blossoming flowers, warm weather, proud parents, and joyful, relieved students. It is a time all about new beginnings, exciting adventures, and, oftentimes, reflection. What have we done that has made a difference? How did we thrive and grow? Being a rising senior, I’m not facing graduation in the immediate future, but this time of year has definitely made me reflect on my own U-M experience so far.

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Planting Your Roots: Tips for Building a Positive Network

April 16, 2015

By: Madison Romney

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The symbol of a tree is often used when describing Positive Organizational Scholarship. Rooted in research, its strong foundation allows it to stand in the face of skepticism, negativity, and languishing. As it grows, the tree has the ability to venture into a flourishing state, but it needs proper nutrients and care. As the tree gets stronger, its branches, full of rich nourished leaves, spread up and outward, forming thriving connections and occupying new, uncharted space.

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Creating Resourceful Change: One Micro-Move at a Time

April 10, 2015

By: Madison Romney


“Micro-Moves,” according to Karen Golden Biddle, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University School of Management, are barely noticeable variations in thought and behavior that generate collective enthusiasm, build hope, and develop momentum for further change. These small modifications in daily routines and organizational practices have the power to add up to something extraordinary: Macro-Impact.

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Madam C.E.O, Fetch Me a Coffee

April 6, 2015

By: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant


Late one Friday afternoon at a leading consulting firm, a last-minute request came in from a client. A female manager was the first to volunteer her time. She had already spent the entire day meeting with junior colleagues who were seeking career advice, even though they weren’t on her team. Earlier in the week, she had trained several new hires, helped a colleague improve a presentation and agreed to plan the office holiday party. When it came time for her review for partner, her clear track record as a team player combined with her excellent performance should have made her a shoo-in. Instead, her promotion was delayed for six months, and then a year.

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Create Micro-moves for Organizational Change

March 30, 2015

By: Max Branson


Nearly 70% of all change initiatives fail. That was the depressing statistic with which Karen Golden-Biddle began her recent Positive Links Speaker Series session.

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A New Lens of Possibilities: Magnify Program

March 13, 2015


This academic immersion program is a great opportunity for University of Michigan students interested in Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS). Students make tangible contributions and deepen their knowledge of the field of POS and its application. The program is full-time student commitment and runs through spring semester. Selection for this opportunity is competitive and will ultimately bring together a set of students from multiple degree programs within the University of Michigan.

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Negotiating Genuinely: Mindfully and Strategically Leading with Emotions

March 5, 2015

By: Max Branson

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To most, the word “negotiation” conjures a win-lose situation. Professor Shirli Kopelman, however, believes it’s possible to bring to mind an entirely different image—it can be as simple as asking yourself the question, “Negotiate to build what?” In this reframed question, negotiators might imagine themselves as profit architects, which opens up possibilities for people “to negotiate genuinely to co-create resources and build sustainable business relationships in a global economy.”

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Pour Your Sugar On Me

February 22, 2015

By: Madison Romney

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“It is -22 degrees outside and I am bundled from head to toe, trudging through the hallways of Ross, hoping to break a sweat before I brace the biting Michigan air. As I mentally prepare myself to go out into the “great” outdoors, I notice a long line coming from a student led station by the staircase. I slow my pace and an ear-to-ear grin consumes my face as I recognize my kind +LAB friends buzzing with energy. I proudly stand behind 10 people all excitedly waiting to send a +gram.”

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How You’re Making Bias Worse

February 17, 2015

By: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant


A father and his son are in a car accident. The father is killed and the son is seriously injured. The son is taken to the hospital where the surgeon says, “I cannot operate, because this boy is my son.”

This popular brain teaser dates back many years, but it remains relevant today; 40 to 75 percent of people still can’t figure it out. Those who do solve it usually take a few minutes to fathom that the boy’s mother could be a surgeon. Even when we have the best of intentions, when we hear “surgeon” or “boss,” the image that pops into our minds is often male.

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Stand Apart & Stand for All: Courage at Work

February 11, 2015

By: Madison Romney


“During the fall semester of this year, I was President of a student organization on campus. Many members, including those on the executive board, had been excited to plan an event that I knew would not be appropriate or allowed. While I agreed that this event would be fun, I also knew that the cost of participating would be much greater as it would threaten the reputation of the group. What I needed in this situation was courage.”

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Speaking While Female

February 10, 2015

By: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant

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Years ago, while producing the hit TV series “The Shield,” Glen Mazzara noticed that two young female writers were quiet during story meetings. He pulled them aside and encouraged them to speak up more.

Watch what happens when we do, they replied.

Almost every time they started to speak, they were interrupted or shot down before finishing their pitch. When one had a good idea, a male writer would jump in and run with it before she could complete her thought.

Sadly, their experience is not unusual.

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