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Gretchen Spreitzer

Gretchen Spreitzer quoted in Financial Times article about remote working and workplace culture

February 19, 2018


Gretchen Spreitzer was quoted in the Financial Times article “Rethink forced by the loneliness of long-distance work” about how working remotely has changed workplace culture. In the article Spreitzer suggests, “Rather than giving people just a shorter commute and replicating the corporate culture, let’s put people in a new kind of stimulating, cool environment and […]

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Polluted morality: New research shows air pollution increases unethical behavior and crime

February 12, 2018


Studies by Professor Julia Lee show air pollution can increase criminal behavior by causing higher anxiety. The health consequences of air pollution are well-documented, but a growing body of research indicates it also leads to other societal ills, such as higher crime rates. Michigan Ross Professor Julia Lee and her colleagues explored the underlying causes […]

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“Life balance” at imageOne

January 25, 2018


Rob Dube shares his organization’s strategy for professional and personal visioning and goal setting in latest Forbes blog. Dube writes, “So we don’t just ask them for their goals at work—the [vision and goals] worksheet asks them to consider their health goals, their personal goals, and any other goals they consider important to where and […]

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Jane Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski cited in Inc. article

January 24, 2018


The Inc. article, “Looking for your purpose in life? Yes, you can find it at work. Here’s how,” highlights Jane Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski’s job crafting research. Specifically, the author suggests task crafting, relational crafting, and cognitive crafting to help make work more purposeful. Dutton is a co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations and […]

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Gretchen Spreitzer, positive organizations, and thriving in Redesigning Wellness podcast

January 19, 2018


Gretchen Spreitzer spoke to Jen Arnold for the Redesigning Wellness podcast “Why positive organizations matter and how they thrive.” In the podcast, Spreitzer shares her research on high-performing positive organizations and suggestions of tools and practices for maximizing personal and organizational potential. Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration, […]

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Rob Dube asks: What happens when you help team members find new jobs?

January 12, 2018


In his Forbes blog, Rob Dube explains how imageOne’s core values of honesty, vulnerability, and caring factor into the support of what their team members need and want in their lives. Dube is president and co-founder of imageOne, a member of the Center’s Positive Organizations Consortium and an Example of Excellence in the 2017 Positive […]

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Sara Soderstrom

How Sara Soderstrom prepares her students for difficult conversations

January 10, 2018


Sara Soderstrom, a faculty associate at the Center for Positive Organizations, was interviewed for a Poll Everywhere blog post about how she builds a psychologically safe space in her classroom where students and teachers can have conversations, especially about contentious issues, grounded in a culture of mutual respect. Soderstrom is an assistant professor of organizational […]

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Dutton, Wrzesniewski job crafting research cited in HBR article about meaning in work

January 10, 2018


Justin Berg, Jane Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski’s research on job crafting was cited in the Harvard Business Review article, “To find meaning in your work, change how you think about it.” Job crafting is that idea that employees can redesign their own jobs in ways that can foster job satisfaction, engagement, resilience, and thriving at […]

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Using improv to connect, Chris Murchison’s latest Whil blog

January 9, 2018


“Embracing the unknown: Using improvisation for connection” is the title of Chris Murchison’s latest blog post for Whil. In it, Murchison shares some basic concepts of improvisation and how it can be used as a relational practice and at work. He teaches a well-received session on improv during the Center for Positive Organization’s Magnify Immersion […]

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Are you a positive deviant?

January 9, 2018

By: Chris White


You know positive deviants when you see them. You may even be one. If so: we want to celebrate you. Positive deviants shake up the status quo. Amid the atrophy of a traditional organization, you inject new dynamics and force the system to respond to your initiatives. You are highly engaged, going above and beyond […]

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Gretchen Spreitzer

Gretchen Spreitzer quoted in The Cut story about feedback for remote workers

January 8, 2018


Gretchen Spreitzer was quoted in The Cut, part of New York Magazine, about the difficulty of giving and receiving feedback to people who work remotely. In “The worst part of working remotely is trying to guess what your boss is thinking,” Spreitzer explains the need for feedback that is both written and face-to-face. “[In person,] […]

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2018 Positive Business Project applications are open!

January 5, 2018


Is your organization dedicated to creating positive change? Then we want to hear from you! The Positive Business Project is an annual student-led initiative presented by the Michigan Ross Center for Positive Organizations aimed at identifying, studying, celebrating, and spreading positive business in organizations of all types. Each year, submissions to the Project are reviewed by a panel […]

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