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Taking the Compassionate Organizations Quiz

April 1, 2013

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton

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While we often think about compassion as an individual quality, the organizations where we spend our time—such as workplaces, schools, places of worship, and community centers—can actually impact whether and how we respond to someone in distress.

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Becoming a Master of Influence

March 29, 2013

By: Robert E. Quinn

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I was invited to meet with a group of young professionals in medicine to discuss the topic of becoming a change agent. I started with two questions. First, I asked them each to define the term. “A leader,” they responded. “Someone who can stimulate people to feel, think, see and do things in a new way.”

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Work Life Enrichment and Being Willing to Die for the Organization That Would Kill You for Caring

March 20, 2013

By: Ryan W. Quinn

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There is a phrase used in Bob Quinn’s book Deep Change that is intentionally provocative—perhaps a little too provocative: “being willing to die for the organization that would kill you for caring.” I once had a discussion with someone about this phrase, and her reaction was immediate and visceral: “I can’t see why anyone would die for their organization. I wouldn’t.”

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Engagement in Flourishing Organizations

March 18, 2013

By: Chris White

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Let’s continue with Martin Seligman’s PERMA Framework in the context of organizations. So far, we have looked at Positive Emotions and Meaning. Let’s take a look at processes, systems, culture and so forth that support Engagement. The photo above is our team at the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. In future posts, we will come to Positive Relationships, and Achievement.

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One Highlight from Wisdom 2.0

February 23, 2013

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton

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Wisdom 2.0 is the name given to a gathering this weekend of people interested in the intersection of new technologies and old wisdom traditions. Many speakers highlighted aspects of mindfulness and emphasized the importance of compassion as one of the taproots of humanity.

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