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Awkward race conversations have potential to strengthen relationships, CPO researchers write

February 21, 2021


Photo: LinkedIn Sales Navigator on Unsplash POISED (Positive Organizational Inclusion Scholarship for Equity and Diversity) Research Spotlight Sandra Cha, Stephanie Creary, and Laura Morgan Roberts recently co-authored a paper titled “Fumbling in relationships across difference: The potential spiraling effects of a single racial identity reference at work” in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. The paper explores […]

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Adam Grant encourages us to ‘Think Again’ in new book

February 16, 2021


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Adam Grant encourages people to reconsider their assumptions in his new book Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Grant’s timely book suggests that learning to question your opinions and open other people’s minds can be beneficial at work and in life. He recently talked […]

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External affirmation improves information sharing among team members

February 10, 2021


Photo: Lisa Fotios on Pexels Members of a team are more willing to share their diverse perspectives when they receive affirmation from individuals outside their team, according to a recent research paper by Julia Lee Cunningham, Francesca Gino, Dan Cable, and Bradley Staats. Teamwork can accomplish great things. Yet past research has shown that teams […]

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Self-regulation can tame fight-or-flight response, CPO researchers write in HBR

February 2, 2021


Photo: Dastan Khdir on Pexels Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) co-founder Robert E. Quinn and faculty associate David P. Fessell explain “How to Keep Your Cool in High-Stress Situations” in Harvard Business Review. Their article breaks down the biology behind our natural fight-or-flight response during stressful situations and lays out a framework for how leaders […]

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Proven approaches for leaders in trying times

January 24, 2021


Sue Ashford is the chair of management and organizations at Michigan Ross, and has taught, researched, and written extensively about the subject of leadership. She recently answered a few questions about leading during particularly challenging times. When facing a time of great challenge and upheaval, how can leaders stay focused on the job at hand, […]

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Motivation to learn rises with stories of ‘exceptional success’

January 24, 2021


Photo: Tim Gouw on Pexels   Hearing about someone else’s exceptional success can motivate workers to learn, a new study concludes. Stories of more ordinary successes do not have the same effect, according to the researchers, who include Michigan Ross Professor Shirli Kopelman [and Center for Positive Organizations Research Advisory Board Member Christopher Myers]. The […]

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Diversity, equity, inclusion scholars reflect on progress, peril of 2020

January 19, 2021


Image by Blackillustrations.com Editor’s note: This article was written as a reflection on the “Race, Justice, and Equity in the Workplace and Beyond: A Call to Action” panel event held in June. Interviews were conducted with presenters in late 2020, before a predominately white mob stormed the United States Capitol during the presidential election certification […]

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Employee well-being strategy isn’t optional, Monica Worline tells Fast Company

December 21, 2020


Photo: Sage Friedman on Unsplash   Center for Positive Organizations core faculty member Monica Worline is quoted in the Fast Company article “Why all leaders must pay attention to the wellness of their workers.” The article explores the evolution of corporate well-being programs. It notes that they began with a focus on physical health and […]

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Stephanie Creary hosts Wharton conversation on how to be an inclusive leader

December 21, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Research Advisory Board member Stephanie Creary and her guests discuss “How to Be an Inclusive Leader” during a Leading Diversity@Wharton conversation. Creary hosts The Wharton School speaker series and was recently joined by Wharton Dean Erika James and Corey Anthony, senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer […]

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Recognize risks to nurture emerging leaders, CPO researchers write

December 21, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associates Susan J. Ashford and Scott DeRue co-authored the Harvard Business Review article “Why Capable People Are Reluctant to Lead.” The article examines new research into why promising employees fail to assume leadership opportunities and suggests strategies managers can use to nurture emerging leaders. Based on their research, Ashford, […]

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