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What do Spanx and job crafting have in common?

June 30, 2017


“Spanx for the workplace: How to reshape your job to fit you better” is a Forbes article that uses Jane Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski’s research on job crafting to illustrate the importance of the balance between job demands and resources. The Job Crafting Exercise is an interactive tool created by Dutton, Wrzesniewski, et al. to […]

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A recap of May’s Thriving Workplace Summit at Michigan Ross

June 28, 2017


Can workplace design support thriving at work, bring out the best in people, and help nurture positive organizational change? This is the question asked in a post about the Thriving Workplace Summit, co-organized by the Center for Positive Organizations, HLW, and Colliers International. The blog, penned by a team from HLW, highlighted the Summit’s interdisciplinary […]

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Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg’s book in Forbes

June 27, 2017


Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Option B, was written up in Forbes, “5 ways to build resilience, from Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s new book, Option B.” The article presented five strategies for building resilience based on, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, and offered a summary of the Grant […]

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Sanjay Saint coauthored article on mentoring for Harvard Business Review

June 27, 2017


Sanjay Saint, faculty associate with the Center for Positive Organizations, coauthored an article in the Harvard Business Review, “6 Things Every Mentor Should Do.” The article explained the role of a successful mentoring relationship. According to Saint, shaping a mentee is a deliberate decision and process that includes picking the right mentee, creating a team, […]

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Christopher Myers co-authored a Harvard Business Review article on health care and patient outcomes

June 24, 2017


Christopher Myers co-authored, “When health care providers look at problems from multiple perspectives, patients benefit” in the Harvard Business Review. The authors argue that health care in the U.S. needs to be transformed to include “more-effective communication and collaboration among the various members of care teams.” Both a clinical and social lens should be applied […]

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Ron May to join University of Michigan Ross’ Center for Positive Organizations Executives in Residence

June 23, 2017


Former DTE exec joins team dedicated to connecting research and positive leadership practices The Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has announced a new member of its Executives in Residence, a two-year commitment where leaders unify their successful business backgrounds with the ongoing research, teaching, and organizational partnerships […]

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Lea Waters interviewed for Herald Sun about her new book, The Strength Switch

June 21, 2017


Lea Waters, faculty affiliate with the Center for Positive Organizations, was interviewed for the Herald Sun in, “How to make your kids more resilient and build up their strengths.” The article discussed Waters’ new book, The Strength Switch, where she says parents should build resilience in children by focusing on strengths. Engaging a child’s positive traits […]

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U-M’s bicentennial and Mary Ceccanese’s focus on gratitude

June 14, 2017


As part of the University of Michigan’s bicentennial celebration, staff – both current and past – were invited to contribute to a collection of “Stories of the Staff: 200 Years of Making a Difference.” Mary Ceccanese, coordinator of the Office of Tax Policy Research and a CPO executive education affiliate, submitted a story chronicling her […]

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To do business, you better get positive

June 13, 2017


By: Magnify Immersion Program students Kenna Boyd, Christina Gatti, Abhi Sastry, and Kevin Yu How one organization used Positive Organizational Scholarship to fuel their triple bottom line There is an age-old conflict within business stemming from the assumption that corporations must choose between turning a profit and making a positive impact on their employees and […]

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Ross undergrad blogged about the Positive Business Conference for the Huffington Post

June 9, 2017


  Michigan Ross undergrad Sarah Wood, BBA ’18, blogged for Huffington Post about her experience at the 4th annual Positive Business Conference, “Instruments for Social Impact.” Wood shared how learning about positive business as well as engaging with corporate leaders, faculty, and other attendees left her feeling energized. Her main takeaway was that business is an […]

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Chris Murchison and the art of the sabbatical

June 9, 2017


Chris Murchison, visiting leader at the Center for Positive Organizations, spoke about the art of taking a sabbatical in this Yao Consulting Group podcast. According to Murchison, an intentional break from the normal routine—a sabbatical—is a way to rejuvenate and return to work revitalized. While taking a sabbatical is a common practice in higher education, […]

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