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Brianna Caza coaches Women at Work listeners on how to pursue passion projects

November 23, 2020

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Research Advisory Board member Brianna Caza visits the Women at Work podcast for an episode called “Let’s Take Our Side Gigs Off the Back-Burner.” Caza and co-hosts Emily Caulfield, Amy Gallo and Amy Bernstein discuss how to find the time, energy, and support to pursue passion projects. Specifically, Caza coaches […]


CPO Executive in Residence Ron May elected to National Academy of Construction

November 16, 2020

The National Academy of Construction has elected Ron May, a retired executive from DTE Energy, headquartered in Detroit, MI, as a member of its class of 2020. His induction occurred on October 29 during the NAC annual meeting, which was held online. During the induction ceremony, NAC cited May as an “innovator, change agent, teacher, […]


How to overcome your reluctance to ask for help at work

November 16, 2020

Photo by Christina Morillo from Pexels People are very generous—if you ask. Here’s how to make a thoughtful request. Jessica was overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do. She is a generous person by nature who had volunteered, as she often does, to help a stressed-out colleague. . . . But what started out as […]


Emotional well-being is key to mentorship, CPO researchers tell Harvard Business Review

November 10, 2020

Tending to emotional well-being is at the core of the mentor-mentee relationship, write Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associates David P. Fessell and Sanjay Saint in the Harvard Business Review article “Mentoring During a Crisis.” The article—co-authored with Vineet Chopra, an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at […]


Jane Dutton receives honorary doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam

November 5, 2020

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) core faculty member Jane Dutton has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree, Erasmus University Rotterdam reports. The Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University honored Dutton for her internationally recognized contributions to research on management and leadership. “Jane’s legacy is that she has helped us look at organisations, and our own […]


Zooming in on celebrations!

October 27, 2020

By: Jane Dutton, Arne Carlsen, Sally Maitlis

Photo by Ambreen Hasan on Unsplash Celebrations are underrated and underutilized in our virtual worlds. This blog is a celebration of celebrations on Zoom or on any of your favorite virtual platforms. It is a call to celebrate more and to use our imaginations in how we come together to mark important milestones and accomplishments, […]


CPO inspires successful researcher and author

October 26, 2020

CPO inspires successful researcher and author Scott Sonenshein “The faculty at the Center have taught me how to approach research in a way that’s been helpful for my own work, encouraging me to focus on questions that really matter.” Scott Sonenshein says he has the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) to thank for his successful […]


Daily breath work can cut stress, CPO researcher writes in Harvard Business Review

October 23, 2020

Photo: Tim Goedhart from Unsplash Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) doctoral student affiliate Christina Bradley is a co-author of the Harvard Business Review article “Research: Why Breathing Is So Effective at Reducing Stress.” The article explains how practicing SKY Breath Meditation — a series of breathing and meditation exercises designed to induce calm and resilience — can help […]


A personal interest in the gig economy’s impacts

October 19, 2020

A personal interest in the gig economy’s impacts Lindsey D. Cameron “It made me curious about how changes in the modern workplace … affect workers in the gig economy. It’s what led me to study how people interact with algorithms, instead of a supervisor.” It was hard for Lindsey D. Cameron to watch her mother […]


Changing the frame: Family photos on your desk could make you more ethical on the job

October 16, 2020

Got your grinning kid or smiling spouse in a frame on your desk? You’re less likely to lie to your boss or pad that expense report. That’s the key finding of a study co-authored by Dave Mayer, a business ethics professor at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. It’s certainly among the most down-to-earth insights […]