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The Traits of Socially Innovative Companies

April 17, 2015

Jerry Davis & Chris White with an excerpt from their new book, Changing Your Company from the Inside Out, in Harvard Business Review:

“In the course of our research, we have found that some human capital-intensive industries are more inherently receptive to social innovation than others. Accounting and consulting firms are often highly responsive to the social demands of their employees. For example, interns at PricewaterhouseCoopers championed a social audit practice. We also found that the professionals we spoke with at Accenture, in offices on three continents, consistently lauded the firm for its willingness to support innovations, from Accenture Development Partnerships to professional programs for First Peoples in Canada and support for call centers in native communities. This fits with the idea that much innovation is driven by a war for talent. Businesses that require professionals with skills in high demand are virtually required to embrace the preferences of the next generation.”


Does Your Boss Want You to Sleep?

April 15, 2015

Gretchen Spreitzer’s research quoted in MIT Sloan Management Review:

“In ‘Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource,’ in the Winter 2015 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review, Christopher M. Barnes (University of Washington’s Foster School of Business) and Gretchen Spreitzer (University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business) say that executives who brag about only needing a handful of hours of sleep ‘are not setting a good example, especially when it comes to getting the best performance out of the talent in an organization.’ “


Engaging Employees With “Open Book” Finance

April 2, 2015

Wayne Baker in Chief Executive:

“With Open Book, everyone thinks and acts like business owners. Companies that use Open Book perform in the top 10% of their industries, according to Denison Consulting. Southwest Airlines, Harley Davidson, and Whole Foods are among the 4,000 companies around the world that use Open Book.”


7 Smart Strategies That Will Cure Your Fear of Public Speaking

March 26, 2015

Managing Director Chris White quoted extensively in Inc.:

“I knew both from my past experience of clamming up in front of groups, and from research, that having a performance orientation–‘this next talk has to be a home run!’– is often counterproductive,” White says. “As my stress level increased, my presentation skills would decline.”


Yes, You Can Be Too Happy

March 23, 2015

Gretchen Spreitzer quoted in Time:

“Instead of focusing on at-work happiness, it’s more useful to set a goal of thriving at work, says Gretchen Spreitzer, professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan and another one of the study’s authors. ‘When one is thriving they have the joint experience of feeling energized and alive at work at the same time that they are growing, getting better at their work, and learning,’ she says.”


Positive Teams Are More Productive

March 18, 2015

Kim Cameron mentioned in the Harvard Business Review:

“Kim Cameron and his colleagues at the University of Michigan… have discovered a way to improve performance that has nothing to do with dishing out benefits or deploying new processes. In a research article published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science Cameron and his coauthors found that a workplace characterized by positive and virtuous practices excels in a number of domains.”


Positive Thinking: A Brief User’s Guide

March 16, 2015


Positive Organizational Scholarship mentioned in Inc.:

“Positivity will lift your spirits, but will it lead to meaningful change? The short answer is yes. Clinical studies have shown that people with an optimistic sense of destiny are more effective innovators than those who try to make up for the things they lack. In fact, there’s even a whole scholarly discipline–positive organizational scholarship–centered around the basic premise that positivity promotes growth in the workplace.”


Why Working In a Cubicle Is So Demoralizing and Workers Are Demanding More

February 9, 2015

Gretchen Spreitzer quoted in Main Street:

“Many employees are not engaged at work, because they feel a lack of a connection while their bosses continue to ask them to spend more time and energy at the office, said Gretchen Spreitzer, a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

” ‘It’s not about pay and benefits, but to thrive, a connection is critical,’ she said.”


CPO is seeking a videographer!

February 5, 2015

The Center for Positive Organizations is seeking a videographer who can film, produce, and edit 5 videos submissions for the Detroit Positive Business Project. This project aims to identify, profile, and showcase exceptional change agents and practices that positively impact organizations in Detroit. These videos will help tell the story of how positive business practices have transformative results on the well-being of individuals and the success of organizations!