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Ithaka: My Own Journey from Busy-ness to Clarity of Purpose

January 11, 2013

By: Ryan W. Quinn

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I had an experience this week that is both wonderful and embarrassing: I actually applied some basic principles of positive organizational scholarship in my own life. They worked—that’s the wonderful part. And it was embarrassing because I went through many weeks and a million excuses before I finally did what I knew was necessary, what would work, and what I am devoting my professional career to sharing. Why is it so hard to do what I know I should do?

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Organizational Flourishing: Three Steps Toward Fostering Emotions

January 8, 2013

By: Chris White

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Professor Kim Cameron, from the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, has spent much of his career studying organizational virtuousness. How do attributes such as compassion, generosity, forgiveness and so forth get institutionalized into the processes, systems, strategies, culture of organizations?

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Feeding the Wolf of Compassion

January 2, 2013

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton

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Our late colleague Peter Frost used this proverb as a reminder that we all suffer and that we all have the capacity to meet suffering with compassion. We offer it in memory of Peter, and as an invitation to feed the wolf of compassion in your life.

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Defining Compassion

January 2, 2013

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton

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Compassion is the heart’s response to suffering. Compassion — from the roots passio (suffering) and com (with) — means to suffer with another. Compassion is an innate part of human response to suffering, which is comprised of a three-part experience of noticing another’s pain, feeling with another, and responding in some way.

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Compassion Organizing

January 1, 2013

By: Jane Dutton, Monica Worline

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Pain and suffering, though often unspoken, are ubiquitous in work organizations. Sometimes the work of the organization itself becomes painful, while at other times pain comes from tragic and unexpected events in employees’ lives

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The Teaching and Practice of POS, Part V: Transcending Your Own Culture

December 21, 2012

By: Robert E. Quinn

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I was recently teaching a class on how to be a transformative teacher of positive organizational scholarship. To make a lasting difference with these fellow educators, I realized I needed to carefully plan our lesson, and then be prepared let go of the plan and let the students take the teacher where they most need to go—to co-create with them.

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The Teaching and Practice of POS, Part III: Recognizing How Threatening the Message Really Is

December 20, 2012

By: Robert E. Quinn

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In Part I of this series, I suggested that POS’s central message is that an organization can have a more positive culture. In yesterday’s entry, Part II, I explained how “Normal Blindness” caused people to ignore such opportunities. I went on to state that POS’s message is actually threatening to those with the normal mindset.What responsibility does this fact put on POS teachers and practitioners?

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