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Seeing New Possibilities

October 19, 2015

By: Robert E. Quinn


I have a close associate who took over a troubled company. There was one unit that had a “particularly horrible culture.” The people were “actively disengaged.” The phrase suggests that they were using their talents to proactively undermine the collective good of the company. It is what happens when people lose all faith in their leaders. It a sign of advanced organizational decay and often managers have no idea what to do about it.

My associate read the earlier positive passage titled Change the Music – Change the Dance. He took it to his management group and they discussed it. The ideas in the passages did not reflect their conventional logic. They began to talk about their work in a new way.

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High Quality Connections

October 12, 2015

By: Jennifer Evans

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I have been feeling happier than usual and started to wonder why. As I pondered, I saw images of a number of interactions I’d been enjoying. Thanks to Jane Dutton at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, I have a concept to wrap around such energizing experiences. She calls these energizing moments High […]

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Acquiring the Positive Perspective

October 5, 2015

By: Robert E. Quinn


Original post: From Bob Quinn’s Blog My colleagues and I spent several years in workshops and doing interviews with public school teachers who had been objectively identified as highly effective. These teachers tended to be self-actualizing people. They told us about many unconventional things they do and how they came to acquire the unconventional map that […]

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The Positive Leadership Game

September 29, 2015

By: Jennifer Evans


Last week I was joined by Ross Staff for one of the “It Works When You Work It” series.  We played the Positive Leadership game and found our experience to be quite profound. Clearly you know the power of the principles on the cards and also the power of play that fuels the game.  Both of […]

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Attracting Others to the Fundamental State of Leadership

September 22, 2015

By: Robert E. Quinn


The key to getting into the fundamental state of leadership is not the analysis of techniques and practices. Developing leaders is not about getting them to imitate the thinking and behavior of other people who have been successful. It is about attracting people to the decision to enter the unique state from which their own great thinking and great behaviors emanate. This is done only when an individual chooses to become more purpose-centered, internally directed, other-focused, and externally open. It is an act of courage toward which people must be attracted.

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Sharing POS During My Internship

September 7, 2015

By: Susanna Chan


A colleague emailed this kind note to me after I hosted a Snack and Learn session on Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) during my internship this summer. As a Summer Associate in Deloitte’s Organizational Transformation & Talent service line, I learned the tools of the human capital consulting trade. I had the additional unique opportunity to showcase my knowledge as a Fellow for the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO).

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When Strength is Gone: Three Stops Along My Journey of Self-Kindness

August 20, 2015

By: Vicki Whiting


Strength. I possess strength in abundance. In the early 1980’s I sat still with my soul to understand who I am in my core being. During this period reflection, one that involved backpacking through Europe, Egypt, and Russia, participation in a series of self-awareness workshops, and time alone bicycling and camping throughout the Northwest, this is what I learned, “I am a beautiful, strong, loving woman.” My soul-song is “Sister” by Chris Williamson:

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The Eco (Not Ego) Perspective

August 20, 2015

By: Robert E. Quinn


The person who lives from the conventional mental map is likely to be skeptical about the ability to transcend self-interest, yet research suggests that it does happen. The desire to transcend self-interest and to make a positive difference in the lives of others is called “prosocial motivation.”

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A Positive Impact Beyond My Wildest Dreams

May 27, 2015

By: Madison Romney


A few weeks ago, I wrote a farewell post to an incredible year as a +LAB Fellow at the Center for Positive Organizations, citing all the lessons I’ve learned from POS and all the ways I’ve been inspired this year.  But after two POS-filled days at the Ross Positive Business Conference (PBC), I realized that […]

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Dancing with POS

April 21, 2015

By: Madison Romney


Spring has sprung and with spring comes graduation. This time of year always makes me think of blossoming flowers, warm weather, proud parents, and joyful, relieved students. It is a time all about new beginnings, exciting adventures, and, oftentimes, reflection. What have we done that has made a difference? How did we thrive and grow? Being a rising senior, I’m not facing graduation in the immediate future, but this time of year has definitely made me reflect on my own U-M experience so far.

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Planting Your Roots: Tips for Building a Positive Network

April 16, 2015

By: Madison Romney

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The symbol of a tree is often used when describing Positive Organizational Scholarship. Rooted in research, its strong foundation allows it to stand in the face of skepticism, negativity, and languishing. As it grows, the tree has the ability to venture into a flourishing state, but it needs proper nutrients and care. As the tree gets stronger, its branches, full of rich nourished leaves, spread up and outward, forming thriving connections and occupying new, uncharted space.

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Creating Resourceful Change: One Micro-Move at a Time

April 10, 2015

By: Madison Romney


“Micro-Moves,” according to Karen Golden Biddle, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University School of Management, are barely noticeable variations in thought and behavior that generate collective enthusiasm, build hope, and develop momentum for further change. These small modifications in daily routines and organizational practices have the power to add up to something extraordinary: Macro-Impact.

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