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What is “The Positive Lens”

December 18, 2012

By: Chris White

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If you have moved in Positive Organizational Scholarship circles for a while, you may have come across the term “The Positive Lens”. Those who use the term seem to know what it is, and feel it is important – profound even. Those who do not know what is means seem confused and sometimes even a little skeptical.

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Teaching the Practice of POS, Part I: Understanding the Basic Message

December 17, 2012

By: Robert E. Quinn

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Originally posted on the LIFT Blog In this five-part series, I explore the ways in which positive organizational scholarship’s teachers and practitioners can use empirical examples to make the subject both clear and engaging. To  help individuals and organzations implement the principles of positive organizational scholarship, its teachers and practitioners must understand and effectively communicate its […]

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Graditude Journal – The Advanced Version

December 8, 2012

By: Chris White

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You may have heard the remarkable research finding before: those who write down three good things that happened in their life each day for a week are happier and less depressed, even sixth months later than those who do not do this practice. Those who continue the practice on after the week have even stronger positive responses.

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Contours and Consequences

December 2, 2012

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton, and members of Compassion Lab

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In this paper, we use a combination of narrative and survey methods to explore the contours and consequences of compassion at work. Stories of compassion at work provide testimony to its power in cultivating positive identification with the workplace and with one’s co-workers.

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Transcending “Normal”: Learning to Access the Power of Positive Organizing

November 28, 2012

By: Robert E. Quinn

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Highly functioning organizations are different from other organizations. They engage in a process called positive organizing. Positive organizing transcends normal assumptions. To understand it, internalize it, and practice it, people need someone who can elevate their feelings, thoughts, and actions so that they can collaborate in new ways. Here is a story that illustrates what positive organizing is, how it is facilitated, and how it can be taught.

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Compassion Capability

January 2, 2012

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton, and members of Compassion Lab

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What makes one group of people highly able to coordinate compassionate responses to suffering in their midst, while another group may fail to take notice at all, and another may exhibit a minimal response? In this paper, we take up this question by looking closely at one organizational unit that exhibited an extraordinary capacity to respond to the suffering of its members.

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