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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Authenticity”

September 30, 2016


What is authenticity? In his book The Positive Organization, Professor Robert Quinn of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business describes authentic as “true, accurate, genuine, real, valid, reliable, and dependable…The authentic person finds and expresses his or her best self. It is a self that has purpose, integrity, empathy, and openness to learning. It […]

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Malcolm Gladwell and disagreeable entrepreneurs

September 16, 2016

By: David Drews

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Executive in Residence Blog Series Malcolm Gladwell is a brilliant writer, captivating speaker, and a phenomenal storyteller. His career accomplishments speak for themselves. His masterful ability to sew together interesting research with real life stories make him a household name and make his work highly impactful. On September 13th, he spoke to the University of […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Practicing Gratitude”

September 16, 2016


In Professor Kim Cameron’s book Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance, he says “the expressions of gratitude by one person tended to motivate others to express gratitude, so a self-perpetuating, virtuous cycle occurred when gratitude was expressed.”  Continue reading to hear what Marla McGraw has to say about practicing gratitude. Name: Marla McGraw Title: Sr. […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Living with Intention”

September 9, 2016


At the Ross School of Business, a vision of abundance has been conveyed through the Dean’s Office work with the Staff Involvement Group, as well as opening class opportunities for staff to attend and providing training such as Crucial Confrontations.  In Professor Kim Cameron’s book Practicing Positive Leadership, he states that “This kind of vision […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Being Real”

September 2, 2016

By: Brian Greminger, Mary Ceccanese


Professors Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer at the Ross School of Business cite in their book How to Be a Positive Leader that “…leaders, inside and outside of formal organizational roles, have the power to change trajectories of excellence in organizations.  They can unlock resources, foster positive relationship, tap into the good, and engage generative […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Bringing the Positive Lens to Staff”

August 26, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Gretchen M. Spreitzer

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Offering a series of leadership classes for staff was and is a novel idea, and one that the Ross School of Business decided to pursue last fall. Over 70 people signed up for a 6-week series entitled “Positive Leadership: Energizing the Positive Leader in You.” Professor Gretchen Spreitzer was part of the brainstorming team that […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Balance in Life”

August 19, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Fay Sommer

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In Professor Kim Cameron’s book titled Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance, there is a section that addresses a positive work climate. He states that there are “[t]hree particularly important activities for promoting a positive climate [which] include the fostering of compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude among employees in organizations.” On page 31 of this book, […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Self-Improvement”

August 12, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Damian Zikakis


The Positive Leadership Series held for staff last fall at the Ross School of Business was based on a number of chapters in Professors Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer’s book How to Be a Positive Leader. One of the features mentioned in the book “takes the perspective that small actions by leaders can and do […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Pygmalion Effect”

August 5, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Heidi Schultz


According to Professor Kim Cameron, one of the faculty who taught the “Positive Leadership” series for staff at the Ross School of Business, the heliotropic effect is evident in both individuals and organizations (“Making The Impossible Possible: Leading Extraordinary Performance”).  In fact “[a]ll living things are inclined toward that which gives light…Psychologically, the heliotropic effect […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Modeling the Behavior”

July 29, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Geordie Calhoun

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Learning opportunities come in a variety of ways. Staff at the Ross School of Business were given a rare and unusual learning opportunity when the faculty taught a series of classes on “Energizing the Positive Leader in You.” In one of Professor Gretchen Spreitzer’s articles, thriving is defined “as the psychological state in which individuals […]

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Finding your purpose

July 27, 2016

By: Andrew J. Hoffman


In this extract from his new book, Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling, Hoffman reflects on over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and in business education, challenging us to think more holistically about our working lives and how these connect to our wider sense of purpose.

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