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3 Leadership Trends of 2014

January 28, 2014

Will Yakowicz (Inc. magazine) interviews Chris White, Managing Director of the Center for Positive Organization, about recent leadership trends.


Book Launch: Wayne Baker’s United America

January 27, 2014

It’s no secret that Americans live in an age of perceived polarization. We hear updates on the news about the latest political clash, we take stances on issues and might even consume media based on those stances. To an outside observer, it might seem that Americans are always at odds with each other, barely able to agree on where to go for lunch.

Dr. Wayne Baker offers a different perspective in United America. Americans are united by Ten Core Values, values they have held for a long time, he says, and these values hold true despite differences in demographics like age, race and political leaning.


What Wolf of Wall Street Can (or Can’t) Teach Us About the Secret to Life

January 6, 2014 | January 6, 2014

John Kluge of discusses three ways of building community in the workplace that are healthier and more effective than those depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street: 1. Go with the flow, 2. Be helpful, and 3. Get crafty. In the “Get crafty” section, he calls the Job Crafting Exercise a tool that “will help you and your team reimagine your work to make it more fulfilling and engaging, for everyone.”


More than job satisfaction

December 20, 2013

Monitor on Psychology | December 2013, Vol 44, No. 11

Kristen Weir of the Monitor on Psychology (a publication of the American Psychological Association) highlights research “showing that meaningful work is good for the worker and for the company — and that even employees in tiresome jobs can find ways to make their duties more meaningful.” In the article, Weir quotes Jane Dutton describing how individuals can redefine their jobs to be more personally meaningful through job crafting.


Recent Highlights – December 2013

December 17, 2013

6 Essential Ways to Build a Positive Organization

In an interview on, Center for Positive Organizations managing director Chris White identifies based-in-research tactics for tapping resources that “can lead to vibrant, energized people contributing at the highest level in thriving workplaces.”

The Good Guys Win: How a new field of research is redefining—and redesigning—success in business

On, Patton Dodd quotes Kim Cameron and Jane Dutton in a feature on the application of research findings in positive organizational scholarship by then-CEO John Y. Kim—including institutionalizing forgiveness, resilience, supportive communication, and employee empowerment—during a difficult merger at Prudential Retirement.

+Lab Student Fellows Experience Reciprocity Ring

The Center for Positive Organizations +Lab student fellows participated in a Reciprocity Ring and will have the opportunity to collaborate with CPO Partner Humax Corporation on a beta test for a mobile app based on the Ring.


POS in Action: The Motley Fool wins a 2014 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award

December 17, 2013

Congratulations to The Motley Fool and CEO Tom Gardner for being named the best medium-sized company to work for by Glassdoor!

The anonymous employee reviews of The Motley Fool on Glassdoor reveals some of the reasons The Motley Fool earned this award: employees remark on the high level of autonomy they enjoy, ample opportunities for professional development and advancement, and the collaborative environment.

In May 2014, Gardner will speak at the Positive Business Conference hosted by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.


Positivity Resonates – Barb Fredrickson at Positive Links

December 17, 2013

Barb Fredrickson, a leading scholar on positive emotions and human flourishing, returned to the Center for Positive Organizations to share the latest developments in her research on positivity. Barb first presented at Positive Links 10 years ago, and we are grateful for her membership in the community of Positive Organizational Scholarship researchers worldwide.


6 Essential Ways To Build A Positive Organization

December 13, 2013 | December 13, 2013

Kathy Caprino of talks with Chris White–Managing Director of the Center for Positive Organizations–about some of the most important POS research and the best ways to build a positive organization. Chris offers six effective ways to get started on the path to positivity.


Chris White interviewed for Forbes article on building a positive organization

December 13, 2013

In the Forbes article, “6 Essential Ways To Build A Positive Organziation, ” CPO Managing Director, Chris White, citing research from CPO faculty, explains six ways to create positive organizations that make the utmost of human performance. Focus Behavior on the Do’s, Not Just the Don’ts Kim Cameron is cited for his research on virtuousness, and how attributes […]


The Three R’s – and G: The place for Gratitude in Early Education

November 25, 2013

How would the educational experience be transformed—and transforming—if gratitude was part of the curriculum for students, and for training of teachers and administrators? Lea Waters is dedicated to providing the answers, as well as the resources, via her research on gratitude.

Lea Waters is the director of the Centre for Positive Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Melbourne, and she recently visited the Center for Positive Organizations to share her research into the importance of gratitude to well-being, and how best to engender a culture of gratitude in schools. She presented her research to University of Michigan faculty members and doctoral students in a POS Research Incubator session, and gave presentations on early education curricula featuring gratitude to students in the Center for Positive Organizations +Lab.


POS in Action: Step one when facing an “insurmountable” challenge: identify the positives

November 25, 2013

Identify the problem, then formulate a solution. Reasonable strategy? What about looking first at what is right in the situation, and how to build on it? This is what Jim Mallozzi did in 2009, when he was appointed CEO to Prudential Real Estate and Relocation, which was deep in the red at time. He applied what he had learned from research in the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship, and not only implemented strengths-based strategies, but worked to answer the question, “How do we achieve something that is truly great and never before seen in our industry?”