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Four ways to calm your mind in stressful times

November 27, 2019

By: Emma Seppala


A sense of calm offers us strength and resilience amid the chaos of life. Life throws chaos at us on a regular basis—whether it’s our finances, our relationships, or our health. In the work world, around 50 percent of people are burned out in industries like health care, banking, and nonprofits, and employers spend $300 […]

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Mindfulness at work increases generosity

November 27, 2019


Research by Professor Gretchen Spreitzer finds that even a brief daily meditation leads to more positive behavior toward others. Key takeaways: People who engage in mindfulness practices at work display more helpful behavior afterward, toward both customers and colleagues. This effect occurs even with a fairly small investment of time, such as seven minutes of […]

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Doug Lepisto to shape innovative business leadership program, MLive reports

November 20, 2019


Doug Lepisto will serve as program co-director of the new Center for Principled Leadership and Business Strategy at Western Michigan University, MLive reports in “$6.5M in donations support new business leadership program at WMU.” The program features executive mentorship and alumni networking opportunities that will give students real-world experience. Students will learn that the purpose […]

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Jane Dutton discusses workplace connections on Making Positive Psychology Work podcast

October 24, 2019


Jane Dutton chats with Making Positive Psychology Work podcast host Michelle McQuaid during the episode, “Can you build high-quality connections? Podcast with Jane Dutton.” Dutton explains that high-quality connections are short-term interactions with other people that energize us and give us a feeling of being on the same page. “High-quality connections strengthen people. They’re like […]

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Forbes article on job satisfaction cites Jane Dutton, Amy Wrzesniewski

October 24, 2019


“Can You Learn To Love Work You Don’t Like? Experts Say It’s Possible” highlights Jane Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski’s research on “job crafting.” The Forbes article explores how employees can improve workplace satisfaction by redesigning their jobs to better fit their preferences, building better relationships with colleagues, and reframing work to add meaning and purpose. […]

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Andrew Hoffman tells Michigan Radio cultural shift needed to impact climate change

October 23, 2019


Andrew Hoffman speaks with Michigan Radio in a conversation called “Without widespread cultural change, the climate crisis won’t be solved, says UM expert.” The discussion explores a “Re-Enlightenment” among religious and philosophical communities outlined in Hoffman’s article “Climate change and our emerging cultural shift.” The paper says faith leaders are positioned to help followers connect […]

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Dishonesty can have a long term effect on our ability to interact with others

October 21, 2019


Researchers Julia Lee, a core faculty member, as well as faculty affiliate Ashley Hardin, and their colleagues Bidhan Parmar of Darden School of Business, and Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School found that those who engaged in deceit were less accurate at judging the emotions of others. They explained their research in the article “How […]

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Mentee celebrates Jane Dutton in Forbes profile

October 16, 2019


Workplace compassion expert Kristina Workman cites Jane Dutton as her mentor in the Forbes profile, “Compassion Is hot and compassion scholars are cool.” Dutton, a pioneer in the field of compassion, recruited Workman as a research assistant during her time at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. The pair continue to […]

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Chris Murchison, Expressions of Gratitude in the Workplace

Elevate your onboarding for better engagement

October 10, 2019

By: Chris Marcell Murchison


Last year I facilitated a conversation with a group of business executives about onboarding. We began with stories about positive experiences, but as we went around the table something interesting happened. Negative examples quickly surfaced, and with surprising energy. Our negative experiences were far more memorable than the positive ones. Clearly, they had left an […]

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How to succeed at work as a cultural minority, new research by Laura Morgan Roberts

October 10, 2019


Laura Morgan Roberts co-authored a Harvard Business Review article title, “The Benefits of Bringing Your Whole Identity to Work.” The article explores four strategies – and their associated risks – for cultural-minority professionals to succeed at work by leveraging their differences. The article compliments a paper published in Organizational Science in June, “Leveraging Minority Identities […]

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Forbes cites Jane Dutton in article about corporate wellness

October 2, 2019


The Forbes article, “Wellness Is More Than A Buzzword: What Employees Are Looking For (And Need) Today,” highlights Jane Dutton’s research on compassionate workplaces. The article explores why corporations should take a holistic approach to wellness–supporting employees’ mental and emotional health, as well as their physical wellbeing. “These environments allow employees to adapt to their […]

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Unleash your human connecting creativity

September 13, 2019

By: Jane Dutton


How could we as employees, workers, students, families, and friends unleash our creative powers to imagine new ways of creating human connection? I love this challenge and the world could not need it more. Everywhere you look there is data about the crisis of loneliness. But beyond the need for connection that arises from the […]

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