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Shawn Quinn on Leading Organizational Transformation with Positive Leadership

January 31, 2024


So, what can leaders do to influence the changes needed? Shawn Quinn, Executive Education faculty at Michigan Ross and CPO Faculty Advisory Board member, illuminates the path forward through the lens of positive leadership in this interview, explaining its role and relevancy in recent years of uncertainty and what learners can expect in the executive […]

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The Center for Positive Organizations Recognizes First Thriving Catalyst Endorsement Recipient

January 8, 2024


The Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) is pleased to recognize Chase Dautrich (BS ‘23) as the inaugural Thriving Catalyst Endorsement recipient. The Thriving Catalyst Endorsement program is a launchpad for positive change makers grounded in the science of thriving who emerge equipped with the capacity to unlock greater passion, energy, connection, and purpose. Chase completed […]

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Cheri Alexander and Marcus Collins Co-Create Michigan Online Course ‘Personal Branding: Stand Out and Succeed’

November 13, 2023


Friends of the Center for Positive Organizations and faculty from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Cheri Alexander and Marcus Collins co-created an online course, ‘Personal Branding: Stand Out and Succeed,’ with Michigan Online. ‘Personal Branding: Stand Out and Succeed’ is a course for individuals seeking to build a brand that reflects their […]

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Jane Dutton and Monica Worline share four ways to create high-quality connections at work

October 24, 2023

By: Jane Dutton & Monica Worline


Three years ago, we met a woman named Denise when we visited her organization to offer a workshop. Denise shared her passion for learning about organizational culture and culture change. We had a brief, energizing conversation about how she was transferring what she was learning about culture change at work to her volunteer role at […]

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Communities of Practice with Chris Murchison

August 2, 2023


In this podcast episode, “A Company Must be a Community of Practice” on The Conversation Factory, Positive Organization Design and Culture Consultant Chris Murchison provides insights on how “building a positive culture within an organization requires, essentially, creating a community of practice.” Chris shares four key principles to help you create an effective community of practice. […]

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Equitable environments with Maryam Kouchaki

August 2, 2023


Maryam Kouchaki and her co-authors came together in this Harvard Business Review article, “Research: Why Managers Deny Inequity in Their Own Organizations” to provide research regarding inequities in organizations, the “motivated reasoning” phenomenon, and what leaders can do to recognize and tackle inequities.  Pay gaps, opportunities, and treatment at work are some examples of where […]

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Employee learning contributes to well-being

August 2, 2023


In this Forbes article, “3 Ways To Improve Employee Well-Being With Continuous Learning” research is used to place importance on lifelong learning and the positive impacts it can have on individual and workplace well-being, stress, and team interaction. When learning initiatives are implemented in organizations, the culture can drive business success and build emotional balance. […]

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Cultivating flourishing organizations Jane Dutton and Monica Worline

August 1, 2023


Jane Dutton and Monica Worline share their expertise on positive connections, meaning, and emotions within the workplace in an interview with The Happiness Squad podcast. Jane and Monica discuss the flourishing triangle, the Reflected Best Self Exercise™, awakening compassion at work, and science-backed tips to elevate thriving in organizations. Listen to their episodes to unlock […]

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Matt Kripke, BBA ’90: Positive Culture Sustains Family Recycling Business

May 22, 2023

By: Leslie Ellis


                Building a positive culture is a key part of Matt Kripke’s, BBA ’90, role as CEO of his family’s metal recycling business, Kripke Enterprises Inc., which has grown from a mom-and-pop shop into an enterprise with 70 employees in four states, multiple divisions, and $375 million in sales […]

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Adam Grant shares your email does not constitute my emergency

May 3, 2023


Center for Positive Organizations Faculty Affiliate Adam Grant shares his thoughts in this New York Times article, “Your Email Does Not Constitute My Emergency.” Adam explains that since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have fallen into a deep state of apologizing for not answering emails right away. This, while a responsive act, has created a breeding […]

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