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December 18, 2012
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.
December 17, 2012
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 […]
December 15, 2012
How do you celebrate the good things that happen at work?
December 13, 2012
Seven billion people worldwide. Instant connection to almost anywhere, anytime, through electronic media. Working in and with organizations day and night. It’s hard to imagine anyone could ever feel alone.
December 11, 2012
Research suggests that the single best way to improve your own mood is to do something nice for others. How can we create mechanisms to make this part of the fabric of our organizations? Here are two examples.
December 8, 2012
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.
December 5, 2012
Are you getting the help you need from those around you to get things done? And – equally to the point – are you giving the help that others need for them to get their jobs done?
December 4, 2012
How would you unify more than 50,000 employees worldwide? Ask Jim Mallozzi, chairman and CEO of Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services.
December 2, 2012
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.
November 28, 2012
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.
November 21, 2012
I walked into a restaurant a few weeks ago and was impressed with the person behind the counter. He was a fiftyish man named Jim, and he was smiling and laughing and appeared genuinely happy to be there.
January 2, 2012
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.