7 Things Resilient Employees Do Differently

January 8, 2015


Jane Dutton’s research mentioned in the Huffington Post:

“One big building block of resilience is connection, but not just any old connection. High-quality relationships are critical to resilience. According to business and psychology professor Dr. Jane Dutton, there are four distinct pathways for building high-quality connections at work. The first is respectfully engaging others by communicating supportively and being an effective listener. Second, facilitate another person’s success with guidance, recognition and support. Third, build trust, which can be done by relying on another person to follow through on projects and other commitments. Finally, have moments of play. Play evokes positive emotions and is often associated with creativity and innovation (Dutton & Spreitzer, 2014). Work can be a serious place, but so many workplaces take the world far too seriously.”

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To the Office, With Love

January 6, 2015


Sue Ashford quoted in New York Magazine:

“Colleagues are a tangible benefit provided by organizations. But perhaps the most profound benefit is intangible: They help forge identity. At first blush, this notion may sound laughable, or at least paradoxical, given the office’s reputation as a wasteland of depersonalization. But Sue Ashford, a management professor at the University of Michigan who’s written thoughtfully about nonstandard work, notes that offices provide a ‘holding environment’—a psychoanalytic term coined by Donald Winnicott—to contain our existential anxiety.”

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At Facebook, Boss Is a Dirty Word

December 25, 2014


Gretchen Spreitzer quoted in the Wall Street Journal:

“Gretchen Spreitzer, a management professor at the University of Michigan’s Steven M. Ross School of Business, says Facebook’s approach reflects the changing demographics of the workplace. ‘Employees want more power,’ she says. ‘They want jobs that are more interesting.’ “

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Get the Boss to Buy In

December 19, 2014


Faculty Associate Sue Ashford and James Detert in the Harvard Business Review:

“Organizations don’t prosper unless managers in the middle ranks… identify and promote the need for change. People at that level gather valuable intelligence from direct contact with customers, suppliers, and colleagues. They’re in a position to see when the market is ripe for a certain offering, for instance, or to detect early signs that a partnership won’t work out.”

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5 Ways to Get Better at Asking for Help

December 18, 2014


Wayne Baker in the Harvard Business Review:

“It seems like leaders are always lamenting the lack of cooperation and collaboration in their organizations. But more often than not, the culprit isn’t their employees’ unwillingness to give others a hand — it’s the fact that most people simply don’t, or won’t, ask for help.”

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Center for Positive Organizations Appoints HopeLab’s Murchison As Visiting Leader

December 17, 2014


ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business today announced that Chris Marcell Murchison, Vice President of Staff Development and Culture at HopeLab, will serve as Visiting Leader at the Center for Positive Organizations. In his two-year appointment, Murchison will unify his successful business background with the ongoing research, teaching and organizational partnerships of the Center.

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How Small Changes Are Improving Gender Balance at One Business School

December 12, 2014


Gretchen Spreitzer quoted The Chronicle of Higher Education:

“There’s been a support system for female faculty members at Ross for some time, says Gretchen Spreitzer, a professor of management and organizations. She points to ‘the Neighbors Group,’ a gathering of women on the faculty that started up shortly after she earned her Ph.D. at Ross, in the late 1990s, and continues today.

“What has changed, Ms. Spreitzer says, is that those issues are now a formal, high-level priority at the school.”

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What Bosses Gain by Being Vulnerable

December 11, 2014


Emma Seppälä in the Harvard Business Review:

“Forgiveness may be another soft-sounding term but, as University of Michigan researcher Kim Cameron shows points out, it has hard results: a culture of forgiveness in organizations can lead to increased employee productivity as well as less voluntary turnover. Again, the impact of a culture that is forgiving breeds trust. As a consequence, an organization becomes more resilient in times of organizational stress or down-sizing.”

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Fighting the ‘Hermit Crab Syndrome’

December 4, 2014


Faculty Associate Sue Ashford quoted in Human Resource Executive Online:

“Sue Ashford, chair of the management and organization department at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, had spent years as an academic examining subjects such as the propensity of organizations to inadvertently stifle ideas and innovation from within their own ranks.

“Yet, it wasn’t until Ashford herself assumed a leadership role that she realized how difficult it can be to respond to new ideas in a way that satisfies both parties.

” ‘It really shifted my perspective,’ she says.”

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Courage, Compassion, and Resilience Make Great Workplaces

November 17, 2014


Michael Pearn in the Huffington Post:

“The Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor is accumulating strong evidence that we perform at our best in positive rather than stressful or threatening environments. We do not have to risk burning out or being physically and psychologically unhealthy in order to succeed.”

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The Allure of the ‘Intrapreneur’

November 4, 2014


Chris White in Talent Management Magazine:

“We at the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan teach MBA students the skills to lead change without formally having the title of ‘leader.’ Many of the examples we use in teaching are of initiatives that represent ‘positive change,’ such as building a more humane workplace, developing products that are beneficial for less advantaged populations, advancing practices and processes that are better for the environment or creating a healthy relationship with the communities in which we work.”

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Make a Profit or Have a Positive Impact? There’s No Choice to Be Made

October 22, 2014


Shirli Kopelman in Inc.:

“But over the last decade we’ve witnessed a new trend, especially amongst the men and women attending business schools. These people no longer are satisfied with only collecting paychecks and ascending the proverbial corporate ladder; now they want meaningful jobs.

They yearn for what is called a Career with a Heart. They want work to be aligned with their personal values. They want their jobs to positively fuel, sustain and energize their work over the long-haul. And instead of aiming for the often unattainable work-life balance, negotiating a career with a heart allows their personal and professional lives to complement and nourish one another.”

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