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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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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Negotiating Mindfully”

July 22, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Gretchen Graton

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Negotiating mindfully is not a term we hear very often. That is unless you’ve been in a class taught by Professor Shirli Kopelman, who is a leading researcher, expert, and educator in the field of negotiations. Professor Kopelman was one of the faculty who taught the “Positive Leadership” series for staff at the Ross School […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Transformation”

July 15, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Mary Witalec

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When Professor Robert Quinn talks about leadership, he has stated that: “One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.” Staff at the Ross School of Business were given an opportunity to hear Professor Quinn talk at the “Positive Leadership” series held last fall. […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Crisis Management”

July 8, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Terrence Kosdrosky

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The Positive Leadership series taught by the faculty of the Ross School of Business for the staff covered a variety of topics. This week’s focus is on crisis management. Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Lynn Wooten, has shared her expertise on crisis management inside and outside of the classroom setting. She helped attendees of these […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “A Larger Vision”

June 24, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Alison Davis-Blake

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Although “Energizing the Positive Leader in You” was attended by staff at the Ross School of Business, where did the idea originate? Why did Dean Alison Davis-Blake endorse it? What outcome was hoped for? What follows are her answers to these questions, as well as her insights and reflections. I want to personally thank the […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Living Your Purpose”

June 17, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Brenda Rutkey


Professors Robert Quinn and Ryan Quinn wrote a book entitled Lift: The Fundamental State of Leadership, Edition 2 that addresses, among other great features, how to live a purpose-centered life. Brenda Rutkey was one of the attendees who participated in the Positive Leadership series for staff at the Ross School of Business. Below she describes how […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Impact in Action!”

June 10, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Sheila Bauer

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Life-changing events don’t happen often but they can have a lasting positive effect. Professor Gretchen Spreitzer teaches empowerment and thriving in the workplace. What does thriving look like? In this edition of our series on Positive Leadership that was held at the Ross School of Business, Sheila Bauer talks about how “Energizing the Positive Leader […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Empowerment”

June 3, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese, Rochelle Haug

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Are you empowered in your position? What are empowering practices? According to Professors Gretchen Spreitzer and David Doneson (2008), “Empowering practices allow employees to decide on their own how they will recover from a service problem and surprise and delight customers by exceeding their expectations rather than waiting for approval from a supervisor.” Rochelle Haug […]

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Positive Leadership: The Staff Series “Attitude”

May 20, 2016

By: Mary Ceccanese

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“Positive leader,” “Positive work environment,” “Positive business” – what do these terms really mean? Dean Alison Davis-Blake defines them for students in this way: 1) “creating economic value,” 2) “creating great places to work where people flourish,” and 3) “how to be a good neighbor in their community, nation, and the world.” Last fall, the […]

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