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Forbes quotes Lindsey Cameron on mindfulness at work

January 28, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Lindsey Cameron explains mindfulness in the Forbes article “To Handle Disagreements at Work, Look Inside Yourself.” The article encourages workers to use mindfulness as a tool to manage emotions and prevent interpersonal conflicts from souring relationships. “Mindfulness is really about calming down and being in touch with what […]

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Laurita Thomas

Laurita Thomas to join CPO Executives in Residence

January 27, 2020


The Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) has announced that Laurita Thomas, who retired in 2019 from the University of Michigan after 47 years—most recently as the associate vice president of Human Resources—will serve as its newest executive in residence. CPO strives to build a better world through the science and practice of thriving organizations. Its Executives in Residence […]

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What makes a workplace diversity program successful?

January 22, 2020

By: Lisa Leslie


We can take steps to help diversity initiatives be effective—and not have unintended consequences. Facebook publishes an annual diversity report—a way to catalog the efforts the company is making toward diversifying its staff, and to report on its progress. They’re not alone; many other companies, both in the technology world and beyond, are implementing similar initiatives. […]

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Inc. cites Jane Dutton in article about what makes a good boss

January 16, 2020


Incivility is a common workplace issue, according to a Jane Dutton article that Inc. cites in “These 7 Factors Determine How Good of a Boss Your Employees Think You Are, According to Recent Research.” Dutton, a Center for Positive Organizations co-founder and core faculty member, cites research that reveals 90 percent of workers polled said […]

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The most important thing you can do to succeed today: Ask a simple question

January 13, 2020


New book from Michigan Ross Professor Wayne Baker shows the power of seeking help from others. Key takeaways: Asking for needed help can dramatically improve performance and outcomes. Practical tools can overcome any reluctance to seek help. Leaders can create a culture of giving and receiving in their organizations. Learning how to ask for help […]

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How one person can change an entire company

January 13, 2020


Writing in Harvard Business Review, Michigan Ross Professor Emeritus Robert Quinn highlights the power of individual action. Anyone doubting the ability of one person to transform an organization might consider the example of Dr. Tadataka Yamada. The Glaxo SmithKline executive led an effort that completely changed the culture at his company. Initially focused on protecting […]

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Wayne Baker discusses the art of asking for help on Harvard Business Review podcast

January 7, 2020


Wayne Baker speaks with Alison Beard, a host of the HBR IdeaCast podcast for Harvard Business Review, in an episode called “The Art of Asking for (and Getting) Help.” Baker says the keys to asking for help are to understand your goals, tailor your message and strategically mine your network. He encourages leaders to model […]

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Courtney McCluney

Courtney McCluney discusses code-switching on NPR

January 7, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Courtney McCluney speaks about her research on code-switching with Forum host Michael Krasny on NPR affiliate KQED in San Francisco. McCluney and fellow researchers recently published findings from their research on code-switching in an article called “The Costs of Code-Switching” in Harvard Business Review’s “The Big Idea” publication. The study found that […]

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Gretchen Spreitzer

A little bit of mindfulness goes a long way at work, Gretchen Spreitzer tells SmartBrief

December 16, 2019


SmartBrief cites research by Center for Positive Organizations core faculty member Gretchen Spreitzer in the article “Being mindful can make you more generous to your colleagues.” Spreitzer and a team of researchers from the United States, Great Britain, and China found that practicing mindfulness—being present in the moment—and meditation at work made workers more empathic […]

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Courtney McCluney

Code-switching at work comes with costs, researchers write in The Big Think

December 10, 2019


“It’s exhausting navigating an all-white workplace.” That was the response one survey participant gave researchers—including former Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Courtney L. McCluney and CPO Magnify Immersion Program alumna Serenity Lee—when asked about code-switching. The researchers share their survey findings in an article called “The Costs of Code-Switching” in Harvard Business Review’s […]

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