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Lindsey Cameron on the practice of mindfulness

May 3, 2023


As a guest on the Ten Percent Happier podcast, Center for Positive Organizations Faculty Affiliate Lindsey Cameron discusses “Does Mindfulness Actually Make You Happier (or Better) at Work?” with host Dan Harris. Lindsey shares about the importance of mindfulness in the workplace and the impact it has on the gig economy and business community. By […]

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Becoming a leader with Julia Lee Cunningham

May 3, 2023


Center for Positive Organizations Faculty Co-Director Julia Lee Cunningham and her co-authors Sue Ashford and Laura Sonday share “The First Step to Becoming a Leader: Believing You Can Be One,” in this Entrepreneur article. Julia discusses the different layers of leadership, leadership roles, and the identities surrounding it. She explains that many people feel since […]

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Michigan Ross-Based Reflected Best Self Exercise Still Proving Its Worth, Expanding Its Reach

May 1, 2023

By: Bob Needham


A self-evaluation tool developed at the Ross School of Business has lately been gaining considerable acceptance and validation from the business education community. The Reflected Best Self Exercise was developed about 20 years ago at the Center for Positive Organizations to help people develop their full potential by truly understanding their strengths and making the most of them. Professors Gretchen […]

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The importance of work relationships and network ties

March 31, 2023


This Fast Company article, “Why neglecting work relationships can sabotage innovation and productivity, according to research” shares data surrounding remote work and the ways it may be jeopardizing employees’ connections and innovation. While hybrid work has grown in popularity, “studies indicate these network ties play a huge role in innovation, work-life balance, job satisfaction, and […]

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The science of flourishing with Amy Young

March 31, 2023


Positive Organizations Consortium Faculty Director Amy Young shares “What Flourishing Is and Why It Matters,” in this Psychology Today article. Amy explains solutions and benefits to “increase happiness at work, but also reduce stress and emotional exhaustion,” and how to build workplaces that support mental well-being. Using the PERMA model she shares, you too can put […]

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Unlocking the leader within with Michelle McQuaid and Halla Tómasdóttir

March 31, 2023


Michelle McQuaid sat down with B Team CEO Halla Tómasdóttir on her podcast episode, “Can You Unlock The Leader Within?” to discuss bringing your leadership back to life! Halla shares her realizations of empowerment and courage she found through her leadership career in corporate America and the importance of creating collective, principal leadership in the […]

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Maryam Kouchaki asks are you as ethical as you think you are?

March 13, 2023

By: Maryam Kouchaki


Our moral decisions can be swayed by our feelings and our environments. Here are three ways to become a better person. Let’s imagine that you come to our lab at Northwestern University to do a task. You have sets of numbers in front of you, and you are asked to find the two numbers that add […]

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Meg Warren

Meg Warren shares what effective allies do differently

January 30, 2023


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Faculty Affiliate Meg Warren shares her research surrounding what effective allies do differently and how certain character strengths and virtues can lay the groundwork for becoming an effective ally in “Research: What Effective Allies do Differently” for Harvard Business Review. Her four-stage model of allyship development is comprised of nine […]

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Getting Personal with CPO’s New Managing Director

January 30, 2023


Michelle Hunt Bruner joined the Center for Positive Organizations in October as Managing Director. In her role, she will set the strategic direction of the Center and manage its operations and growth. Michelle was previously with Wayne State University for over two decades in progressive roles including Senior Director of Student Academic Success. Now that […]

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Christine Porath shares ways leaders can better protect today’s public-facing employees

December 2, 2022


Christine Porath shares her thoughts on what leaders can do to better protect today’s public-facing employees in “Frontline Work When Everyone Is Angry” for Harvard Business Review. This article explains how several compounding factors and pressures have brought us to this point – including stress, negative emotions, weakened ties, technology, and lack of self-awareness. Business […]

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