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How your work environment influences your creativity

July 6, 2020

By: Teresa Amabile


The social environment in an organization can help or hinder employees’ creativity. Are you as creative now as you were when you were a child? For many people, the answer is no. As we move into adulthood, we are often conditioned to be more serious and to conform to the norms of society. We lose […]

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Doug Lepisto

Doug Lepisto launches business leadership podcast

July 1, 2020


The WWMT article “WMU hosts podcast on business leadership challenges during COVID-19 pandemic” profiles The Jungle podcast, which was launched by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Doug Lepisto this spring. The podcast offers, “an up-close, unvarnished view into the emotions, practices and lived experiences of leading and strategy-making in an uncertain world,” its […]

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Applying positive leadership principles during COVID-19 crisis

July 1, 2020


The principles of positive leadership become even more important during times of crisis — and the current pandemic illustrates how these ideas can be applied, according to a new journal article. Writing in Academic Radiology, Michigan Ross faculty member Amy Young and her coauthors outline the core principles of positive leadership and offer concrete examples of how they have been implemented […]

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JP Stephens

‘Tune in. Don’t tune out,” John Paul (J.P.) Stephens urges in LSE Business Review article

June 29, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Research Advisory Board member John Paul (J.P.) Stephens writes about global fragmentation in the LSE Business Review article “How the show goes on in time of injustice, violence, and pandemic.” Stephens urges people feeling blame, anxiety, and fear amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and protests against police brutality and racism to: […]

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Stephanie Creary empowers middle managers to facilitate racial justice conversations

June 24, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Research Advisory Board member Stephanie Creary offers guidance for middle managers in the Wharton opinion piece “How to Begin Talking About Race in the Workplace.” The piece acknowledges that, as more executives speak out publicly against racial injustice, ill-equipped middle managers often are left to facilitate conversations around the topic […]

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Working from home blurs boundaries, adds challenges for Black employees

June 24, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliates Laura Morgan Roberts and Courtney McCluney write about authenticity challenges in the Harvard Business Review article “Working from Home While Black.” The researchers note that Black workers—who often downplay their racial identity at the office in a practice known as code-switching—may feel particularly vulnerable as the boundaries between […]

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Can you unlock the “secret weapon” to worker wellbeing during COVID-19?

June 23, 2020

By: Michelle McQuaid


As the requirements of caring for workers’ wellbeing, in response to COVID-19, begin to create significant costs, a new study suggests that most workplaces continue to overlook the most affordable and effective solution every organization has available to them.  What are workplaces missing? The study conducted by The Wellbeing Lab and George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement […]

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Sharing experiences and emotions amidst racial unrest

June 23, 2020

By: John Paul Stephens, Doug Lepisto


This is a tragic and challenging time as our society reckons with race. The speed of events, the emotional intensity and complexity of the issue of race, and the accelerant of social media and digital communication left us disoriented and overwhelmed. As friends, we wondered: how does one orient, process, and take action amidst the […]

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What if you’re planning to quit, but you get laid off instead?

June 22, 2020


Leaving a job during a pandemic is difficult enough, but imagine being laid off just as you were planning to quit. That’s the situation faced by an executive looking for guidance from the Dear HBR: podcast, and guest negotiations expert and Michigan Ross Professor Shirli Kopelman. In a new episode of the podcast, Kopelman and the podcast’s regular […]

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Interviewers tap Laura Morgan Roberts’ expertise on race in the workplace

June 22, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) affiliate Laura Morgan Roberts has spoken with podcasters from The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Business Unusual about how businesses can confront race in the workplace. Roberts discusses how individuals, organizations and communities can create a more just and equitable society on the following episodes: The Wall Street […]

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Businesses must take action against racism, Laura Morgan Roberts writes in Harvard Business Review

June 18, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Laura Morgan Roberts co-writes the Harvard Business Review article, “U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism,” amidst massive demonstrations against racial injustice throughout the country. Roberts and co-author Ella F. Washington offer practical guidance on how businesses can express compassion for employees who experience racism in their […]

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Kim Cameron

Kim S. Cameron discusses humane downsizing in Forbes interview

June 15, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) co-founder and core faculty member Kim S. Cameron discusses layoff strategies in the Forbes interview “Survivor’s Guilt And Survivor’s Envy: How Downsizing Impacts Those Who Stay.” The conversation explores how different approaches to shedding jobs can impact the morale and performance of employees who keep their jobs. “General Motors and […]

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