March 23, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Reception Immediately Following

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

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Karen Golden-Biddle is the Questrom Professor in Management and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University School of Management. She currently serves as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research.  Karen received her BA from Denison University and her MBA and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Her research and educational interests focus on organizational and system transformation with a special focus on understanding peoples’ collective efforts for change that tap front line experience, engage discovery to imagine desired possibilities, and foster human agency in bringing about real and desired change.

Session Description: Positive leaders can cultivate endogenous organizational change by recognizing “micro-moves” as valuable resources and incorporating them into their efforts.  Although small and often barely noticeable actions and relational interactions, micro-moves generate collective enthusiasm and energy that builds palpable hope and momentum for change. Micro-moves prompt people throughout a system to see new lines of sight and create new ways of doing work that benefit patients, students, and clients and improve our organizations and society.  In this respect, micro-moves can add up to lasting change that knits together the best of the past with a desired alternative future.

The Positive Links Speaker Series 2014-15 season features contributing authors of How To Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact.

Positive leaders are able to dramatically expand their people’s—and their own—capacity for excellence. And they accomplish this without enormous resources or huge heroic gestures. Leading scholars describe how this is being done at organizations such as Wells Fargo, Ford, Kelly Services, Burt’s Bees, Connecticut’s Griffin Hospital, the Michigan-based Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, and many others. Like the butterfly in Brazil whose flapping wings create a typhoon in Texas, you can create profound positive change in your organization through simple actions and attitude shifts. Please join us to learn how.

Free and open to the public.

The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Diane and Paul Jones (Ross School of Business MBA 1975), for their generous gift in support of the 2014-2015 Positive Links Speaker Series.