January 27, 2014

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

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

Gretchen M. Spreitzer’s research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change and decline. Her most recent work is looking at positive deviance and how organizations enable employees to flourish. This work fits within a larger effort at Michigan’s Business School to develop a Scholarship of Positive Organizing that is dedicated to understanding how work organizations contribute to the development of human strengths and virtues.

She is the co-author of four books, Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship with Kim Cameron, The Leader’s Change Handbook: An Essential Guide to Setting Direction and Taking Action (1999) with Jay Conger and Edward Lawler, The Future of Leadership: Speaking to the Next Generation (2001) with Warren Bennis and Thomas Cummings, and A Company of Leaders: Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce (2001) with Robert Quinn.

This session, the first of 2014, will introduce you to the new Positive Leadership Game. Developed in collaboration with Bob Quinn, it is an exercise in structured brainstorming with the goal of helping others on a problem or opportunity they would like help with. The goal of the game is to help people and organizations flourish and exceed expectations. You’ll leave with some new ideas and the good feeling of being a contribution to others!

Theme for Winter 2014: Positive Organizational Scholarship in Other Disciplines

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