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The great return to work experiment: Finding a solution for your company

July 12, 2021

By: Chris White


For better or worse, people are returning to the workplace. There are no right answers about how to manage this process. There are, however, a lot of strong and mixed feelings personally and organizationally. In this article, I will share a research-based approach to help leaders develop a solution. Let me start by acknowledging that […]

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Lessons on leading with purpose in a capitalist society

July 8, 2021


A new essay, which was coauthored by two students and a professor at the Ross School of Business, offers important suggestions for leaders seeking a higher purpose in a profit-first world. Writing in Harvard Business Review, Michigan Ross/Erb Institute students Celia Bravard, MBA/MS ’23, and John Pontillo, MBA/MS ’23, with Professor Andy Hoffman, explore the conflict between pursuit of shareholder value […]

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Stephanie Creary leads DEI study that reveals how management practices can improve workplace culture

July 2, 2021


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Research Advisory Board member Stephanie Creary is the lead researcher on a recently published study titled “Improving Workplace Culture Through Evidence-Based Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practices.” Creary and her fellow researchers, Nancy Rothbard and Jared Scruggs, aimed to understand how companies defined five key concepts — diversity, inclusion, belonging, equity, and […]

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Harvard Business Review article on combatting loneliness cites CPO researchers

June 24, 2021


Photo: Marcus Aurelius on Pexels Research by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) co-founder Jane Dutton and CPO Doctoral Student Affiliate Hilary Hendricks is cited in the Harvard Business Review article “Employees Are Lonelier Than Ever. Here’s How Employers Can Help.” The article examines how employers can encourage employees to develop high-quality connections when they return […]

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Amy Young

Leaders can help influence employees’ positive beliefs

June 23, 2021


Beliefs held by workers can be either limiting or liberating — and an organization can benefit when leaders understand the difference, according to a new essay by Ross School of Business Lecturer Amy Young. In an article published by The Pacific Institute, Young explains how leaders can help employees adopt more liberating beliefs. “Limiting beliefs have a subtle […]

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Cultivating culture requires finding our whys

June 23, 2021

By: Chris White


It’s a bit taboo to talk about love in the workplace. But that’s exactly what we felt after a recent team meeting. Let me explain. I led a conversation to discuss why we’re “bankies” individually and to reflect on the purpose of Riverbank as a whole. Abundant research shows that purpose fuels us individually and collectively (subscription […]

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Cultural course corrections: Avoid the pendulum swing

June 23, 2021

By: Chris White


“We need to be more collaborative!” “We need to be more creative!” “We need to be more competitive!” “We need tighter controls!” Almost every executive with whom my company works has expressed at least one of these statements early in our work together. After all, strategic culture transformation consultants are rarely hired to keep things […]

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Olivia (Mandy) O’Neill shares insights on stress with Women at Work podcast

June 7, 2021


Photo: Claudia Barbosa on Pexels Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) research advisory board member Olivia (Mandy) O’Neill visits the Harvard Business Review podcast Women at Work for an episode called “The Essentials: Dealing with Stress.” O’Neill joins nurse practitioner Sarah Rose Lamport and host Amy Bernstein to discuss stress management and actions that can help control tension, anxiety, and […]

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POISED researcher contributes to ‘The State of Wellbeing in Michigan Communities’ report

May 20, 2021


Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center POISED (Positive Organizational Inclusion Scholarship for Equity and Diversity) Research Spotlight POISED researcher Meg Warren contributes insights on allyship and diversity, equity, and inclusion in “The State of Wellbeing in Michigan Communities” report. The Wellbeing Lab study provides an up-to-date snapshot of Michigan workplaces, families and communities, the impact […]

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Adam Grant writes about ‘languishing’ in The New York Times

May 18, 2021


“There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing,” writes Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Adam Grant in The New York Times. The article explores languishing, the “neglected middle child of mental health” that falls somewhere between depression and flourishing. “Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as […]

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