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Support and learning opportunities needed for those who implement DEI strategies, Courtney McCluney writes in Forbes.

May 24, 2022

By: Courtney McCluney


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Faculty Affiliate Courtney McCluney writes about the importance of support and learning opportunities in DEI-focused roles in “Reskilling and Upskilling to Advance Racial Equity at Work” for Forbes. The article explains how companies face many challenges to retain their workforce, including their DEI strategies. And while they may have DEI strategies […]

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New book highlights practical tools to foster a thriving work environment

April 1, 2022

By: Julie Halpert


When Rich Smalling stepped down from his position as CEO of a company that he led for 25 years, he resisted the word “retirement” and began to contemplate his next step. During his years leading American Innovations, which provides services to help the oil and gas industry comply with regulations and operate safely, he realized […]

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Prevailing Hope Among Challenging Setbacks: Insights from the Adderley Positive Research Incubator with Dr. Katina Sawyer

March 3, 2022

By: Dylan Wheatley


Achieving success comes with challenges, especially when the end goal is ambitious. Light for the Future, a residential rehabilitation home for survivors of commercial sex exploitation, is an organization with a particularly ambitious goal: rerouting people’s lives. At a Center for Positive Organizations Adderley Positive Research Incubator, Dr. Katina Sawyer, a researcher at The George […]

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When do words speak louder than actions?

March 3, 2022

By: Jeff Karoub


U-M expert on negotiations emphasizes importance of words when actions constrained, and ponders why we overlook the power of emotions Far from pointless prattling, a new study demonstrates communication can mitigate negative effects of power asymmetry on cooperation. Shirli Kopelman “Interestingly, our research leads us to question assumptions behind sayings, such as ‘actions speak louder […]

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Can purpose help us in hard times?

March 3, 2022

By: Vic Strecher, Robert E. Quinn


Well-being researchers discuss the benefits of purpose in a crisis and how we can cultivate it at home and at work According to a Harris-Kumanu survey conducted in October 2020, only a third of U.S. employees know their company’s purpose. And less than a third feel that they—or their coworkers—share that purpose. Without a sense […]

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Leading from Vulnerability and Authenticity: Center for Positive Organizations Consortium Webinar with Jim Hume, Phire Branding

February 14, 2022

By: Dylan Wheatley


“Vulnerability is truly scary,” Jim Hume, Founder and Principal of Phire Branding, shared at the Center for Positive Organization’s Consortium. While Jim was here to talk about his experience leading an organization positively, his personal story to why he transformed his leadership style was the catalyst to bringing more authenticity into his business. Jim has […]

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Four Building Blocks to Create and Sustain a Positive Workplace

February 3, 2022


By Kimberley Barker and Mary Ceccanese Do you wake up in the morning excited to come to work? Are you recognized for your contributions? Do you feel you are an important part of the organization as a whole? It would be wonderful if we all could answer yes to these questions but sadly that is […]

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Doug Lepisto

Doug Lepisto rethinks how higher purpose forms in Academy of Management Journal research paper

January 12, 2022

By: Leslie Ellis


Leaders can help a shared sense of meaningfulness form when they enable, allow, and motivate employees to gather, according to a research paper by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Faculty Affiliate Doug Lepisto. In “Ritual Work and the Formation of a Shared Sense of Meaningfulness,” published in the Academy of Management Journal, Lepisto builds theory […]

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New book from Michigan Ross prof. reveals leadership insights from top business professors

January 3, 2022


Lessons in leadership from some of the country’s top business school professors form the core of a new book by Ross School of Business Professor Emeritus George Siedel. Seven Essentials for Business Success: Lessons from Legendary Professors discusses the best practices these professors use in teaching key areas of business: accounting, business law, finance, management, […]

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Awe can boost well-being, David P. Fessell writes in Psychology Today

December 22, 2021


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associate David P. Fessell writes about “New Insights From the Science of Awe” in Psychology Today. The article explores a slew of recent evidence that points to a causal relationship between awe and well-being. Research shows that experiencing the wonder of nature, art, music, or inspiring people also can […]

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Susan J. Ashford shares self-improvement tips in Charter | TIME interview

December 22, 2021


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associate Susan J. Ashford discusses the most-effective approaches to self-improvement in the Charter | TIME article  “The 70/20/10 Rule For Growing in Your Job.” The interview delves into insights from Ashford’s new book, The Power of Flexing: How to Use Small Daily Experiments to Create Big Life-Changing Growth. “Researchers […]

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