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Brianna Barker Caza examines workplace conflict in Harvard Business Review

February 14, 2020


Brianna Barker Caza and fellow researchers offer strategies to help managers and employees rebound from conflict in the Harvard Business Review article, “How to Mend a Work Relationship.” Strong relationships with peers can be a source of energy, learning, and support. But, even small conflicts, left unresolved, can damage individuals and organizations, according to the […]

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Marker interviews Wayne Baker about asking for help

February 12, 2020


Wayne Baker chats with Marker about his research in the article “Why Asking for Help Is a Surprisingly Powerful Business Skill.” The interview touches on Baker’s years of research experience, daily workplace practices to build the asking muscle, and insights from his recently published book All You Have To Do Is Ask: How to Master the […]

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Jane Dutton tells Washington Post: Compassion is urgently needed

February 6, 2020


The Washington Post quotes Jane Dutton in the article “In an angry America, a new remedy emerges: Compassion.” The piece explores the growing popularity of compassion—the ability to notice suffering in ourselves and others and take action to ease it—in educational, political, health and business settings. The erosion of nurturing institutions like family and church, […]

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Three ways to thrive through crisis

January 29, 2020


“This isn’t a disaster. This is an opportunity to lead.” John Broschak, VP of Generation Operations and Compression at Consumers Energy, vividly remembers being taken aside by his boss and given this urgent call to action. It was the inconceivable scenario. One year ago, on the coldest day on record in Michigan, the Ray Plant […]

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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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