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POISED researcher contributes to ‘The State of Wellbeing in Michigan Communities’ report

May 20, 2021


Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center POISED (Positive Organizational Inclusion Scholarship for Equity and Diversity) Research Spotlight POISED researcher Meg Warren contributes insights on allyship and diversity, equity, and inclusion in “The State of Wellbeing in Michigan Communities” report. The Wellbeing Lab study provides an up-to-date snapshot of Michigan workplaces, families and communities, the impact […]

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Adam Grant writes about ‘languishing’ in The New York Times

May 18, 2021


“There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing,” writes Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Adam Grant in The New York Times. The article explores languishing, the “neglected middle child of mental health” that falls somewhere between depression and flourishing. “Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as […]

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Adam Grant examines anti-racism on WorkLife podcast

May 18, 2021


Photo: Benjamin Child on Unsplash Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Adam Grant discusses “Building an Anti-Racist Workplace” with guests on the WorkLife podcast. The episode features a conversation between Grant and psychologist John Amaechi—who shares powerful insights on inclusion. Several additional experts also weigh in on the science of racial privilege, allyship, and opportunity […]

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Courtney McCluney discusses how people of color experience remote work with Fast Company

May 18, 2021


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Courtney McCluney discusses how remote work has impacted people of color in a pair of video interviews with Fast Company. “The challenges and benefits of remote work for employees of color” and “Should I have my Zoom Camera on at work?” explore ideas about professionalism through the lens […]

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The six keys to positive communication

April 29, 2021

By: Julien C. Mirivel


Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels Communicating better can help you achieve your goals and deepen your relationships. When I was 15 years old, I enrolled in a program to study English in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, also known as Iowa. Having grown up in France and Switzerland, I spoke zero English. […]

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Navigating matters of race and identity during COVID-19

April 26, 2021


Photo: Jason Leung on Unsplash Developing Global Competency is a course that all undergraduate students take as part of Ross’ study abroad curriculum. The course was created by Dr. Julia Lee Cunningham and PhD Candidate Laura Sonday as a way to help students transition to, then reflect upon, their lives abroad. The course includes a […]

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Suntae Kim shares research on ‘living organism’ approach to business incubation during crisis

April 26, 2021


Photo: Pixabay on Pexels Suntae Kim recently presented his research on an alternative method for incubating business during a crisis to the Adderley Positive Research Incubator, hosted by the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO). The Adderley Positive Research Incubator is designed to foster ideas, insights, and new possibilities arising from a focal researcher’s core ideas […]

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Michigan Ross to host virtual Positive Business Conference

April 22, 2021


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan will host its annual Positive Business Conference — an event aimed at informing and discussing topics related to improving workplace culture and delivering tangible business results — on May 13-14, 2021. The theme for this year’s virtual conference is “Meaningful Engagement in a Fragmented Time: […]

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Unblocking organizations: How to create change as leaders

April 20, 2021

By: Chris White


I was enjoying a leisurely breakfast with a client when she suddenly asked me this question: “Is there such a thing as change resistance?” I pondered her question as I chewed my eggs benedict. As an officer in a large company, I knew she wasn’t asking a naïve question. Of course, resistance-to-change initiatives are very […]

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4 ways we disrupt the cycle of generosity

April 20, 2021

By: Wayne Baker


How we ask for help — or how we respond to it — can make all the difference. Would you give your COVID vaccination appointment to a stranger? That’s what one person did in Austin, Texas. According to a story in the national press (here and here), Emily Johnson, a 68-year-old grandmother, faced open-heart surgery and needed […]

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Q&A: Exploring the importance of connection at the Positive Business Conference

April 20, 2021


This year’s Positive Business Conference hosted by the Ross School of Business will focus on the theme “Meaningful Engagement in a Fragmented Time: Connecting with Self, Others, and Society.” At the conference, which is planned for a virtual format May 13-14, Michigan Ross faculty member Monica Worline will introduce this theme of “Connection” during the […]

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CPO professors discuss Michigan Ross’ positive leadership approach on ‘Working for the Weekend’ podcast

April 19, 2021


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associates Betsy Erwin and Lindy Greer and CPO core faculty member Gretchen Spreitzer visit the Working for the Weekend podcast on episode “#404 – Faculty Focus: Leadership and Teams.” The professors discuss how Michigan Ross’ unique emphasis on positive organizational leadership can empower MBA graduates to create thriving employees […]

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