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April 15, 2014
As Jessica Amortegui writes, “Employees contemplate daily whether to re-up with their current employer or entertain the prospect of landing a better gig. Given this, the real question is not how to engage your employees so they don’t leave–there is a good chance they will. The real opportunity is how you treat them they do.”
According to research by Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, “people will judge their overall experience by its peak, or most intense point, and by its end. When we file the experience into our memory, we don’t do simple arithmetic to average our moment-to-moment experiences.” With this in mind, Amortegui offers three tips for a better off-boarding strategy.
April 14, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich.–The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business today announced that Fred Keller, CEO of Cascade Engineering, will serve as the Center for Positive Organizations’ first executive-in-residence. In his two-year appointment, Keller will unify his successful business background with the ongoing research, teaching, and organizational partnerships of the Center.
Keller’s appointment represents a further step by the Center for Positive Organizations in bringing research-based practices to organizational leaders in inspiring and practical ways. In 2010 and 2012, the Center for Positive Organizations was recognized by the Academy of Management for first opening up a new field of scholarly inquiry, and then for its impact on management practices. Keller will mentor students, and serve as a bridge to business leaders aspiring to build positive organizations.
April 4, 2014
www.fastcompany.com | Jessica Amortegui
Writing for Fast Company, Jessica Amortegui notes the importance of creating a “values-based” culture. However, she also acknowledges “how difficult it is to implement one.”
And yet Zappos “has seemed to crack the cultural code.” Indeed, their positive culture is so effective that people travel from all over the world to come see their practices in action. “Thousands of companies from around the world travel to the Las Vegas headquarters to see how Zapponians ‘live their 10 WOW values,'” writes Amortegui. “Zappos turned their culture into an attraction that warrants a price for admission. In doing so, they send a clear message to all those who seek the proverbial keys to the cultural kingdom: it is not easy to replicate the ‘secret sauce.'”
But how does one at least make an attempt at recreating the recipe?
March 20, 2014
Today is International Day of Happiness! This article from USA Today, focused on the research of happiness, mentions both the Positive Business Conference and the work of Ross Professor Gretchen Spreitzer.
March 19, 2014
Writing for CPA Practice Advisor, Terry Kosdrosky reports on some recent research findings by Gretchen Spreitzer and Lyndon Garrett, who have been looking into the effects of the recent trend of coworking:
“U-M Ross Professor Gretchen Spreitzer and Ross PhD student Lyndon Garrett are researching this emerging trend, and the early evidence shows it helps isolated workers thrive and be more productive. They see a couple of business models emerging, with lessons from coworking spaces that companies can adopt to enliven their offices.”
March 14, 2014
In this blog post, Al Gonzalez discusses his recent radio interview of professor Kim Cameron on the show Leading Beyond the Status Quo:
“Professor Cameron explained that to be a strong and mature leader, we need to have the courage to face those who may have done us wrong and present an objective description of the issue. Strong leaders overcome the desire to get even and are able to list the negative consequences because of the action taken against them. Unbeknown to me, Professor Cameron researched the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Hearings in South Africa and has actually visited the prison cell where Nelson Mandela was held.”
March 5, 2014
Alison Davis-Blake, Dean of the Ross School of Business, recently wrote an article for Bloomberg Businessweek urging the importance of teaching positive business:
“Leaders in business education must be prepared to give students the tools–academic and emotional–to redefine the workplace as a setting that creates both profit and meaning. At the Ross School of Business, where I am dean, we call this Positive Business, a focus on creating businesses that generate rewards for shareholders, employees, and society.”
March 4, 2014
Samantha Boardman, writing for the Huffington Post, discusses the differences between jobs, careers, and callings. In the article, she mentions Jane Dutton, as well as Adam Grant and Amy Wrzesnieswki, members of the CPO Research Advisory Board.
March 3, 2014
Elizabeth Barber, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, quotes Dave Mayer on the importance of prioritizing ethics in the workplace:
“Of course, just having an ethics and compliance program is not enough – such programs can be little more than varnish to otherwise seedy operations.
“‘It takes a little bit more work than an ethics and compliance program,” says David Mayer, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a researcher at EthicalSystems.Org, an online hub founded last month to help businesses bolster their ethical performance.
“That additional work includes ensuring that such programs are ’embedded within an ethical culture,’ says Dr. Mayer. To do so, companies must prioritize ethics, hiring and promoting ethical employees, he says.”
February 18, 2014
Convergence of business executives and academics offers first-of-its-kind conference experience
Ann Arbor, Mich. – Feb. 18, 2014 – The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business today unveiled the roster of high-profile speakers that will address attendees at its inaugural Positive Business Conference, which will take place May 15-17, 2014 at the Ross School of Business. C-level executives from companies including Whole Foods Market, Ford and Procter & Gamble will take the stage to share the most inspiring and practical positive business practices currently in place at their organizations. With a number of academics presenting and conducting workshops alongside world class business leaders, the breadth of business topics that will be addressed will make the conference a unique experience for all attendees.
The three-day Positive Business Conference will bring together the diverse perspectives of business professionals, academics, students and industry luminaries. The conference will host sessions with both practical examples of positive business practices being implemented, as well as workshops based on the cutting-edge research underlying the practices. Select Ross faculty will lead interactive workshops on specific approaches to building positive businesses across a range of disciplines.
February 2, 2014
Tom Muha, writing for capitalgazette.com, highlights some of Kim Cameron’s work in an article about building positive workplaces:
“In Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance, Dr. Kim Cameron offers four strategies for creating a positive work environment. His research at the University of Michigan has shown that the top performing organizations are characterized by four qualities: positive climates, positive relationships, positive communication and positive meaning. When all four elements are present, employees are able to ‘achieve their highest potential, flourish at work, experience elevating energy, and achieve levels of effectiveness difficult to attain otherwise.'”
January 28, 2014
Will Yakowicz (Inc. magazine) interviews Chris White, Managing Director of the Center for Positive Organization, about recent leadership trends.