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Madam C.E.O, Fetch Me a Coffee

April 6, 2015

By: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant

Late one Friday afternoon at a leading consulting firm, a last-minute request came in from a client. A female manager was the first to volunteer her time. She had already spent the entire day meeting with junior colleagues who were seeking career advice, even though they weren’t on her team. Earlier in the week, she had trained several new hires, helped a colleague improve a presentation and agreed to plan the office holiday party. When it came time for her review for partner, her clear track record as a team player combined with her excellent performance should have made her a shoo-in. Instead, her promotion was delayed for six months, and then a year.


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.”


Create Micro-moves for Organizational Change

March 30, 2015

By: Max Branson

Nearly 70% of all change initiatives fail. That was the depressing statistic with which Karen Golden-Biddle began her recent Positive Links Speaker Series session.


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.”


A New Lens of Possibilities: Magnify Program

March 13, 2015

This academic immersion program is a great opportunity for University of Michigan students interested in Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS). Students make tangible contributions and deepen their knowledge of the field of POS and its application. The program is full-time student commitment and runs through spring semester. Selection for this opportunity is competitive and will ultimately bring together a set of students from multiple degree programs within the University of Michigan.


Negotiating Genuinely: Mindfully and Strategically Leading with Emotions

March 5, 2015

By: Max Branson

To most, the word “negotiation” conjures a win-lose situation. Professor Shirli Kopelman, however, believes it’s possible to bring to mind an entirely different image—it can be as simple as asking yourself the question, “Negotiate to build what?” In this reframed question, negotiators might imagine themselves as profit architects, which opens up possibilities for people “to negotiate genuinely to co-create resources and build sustainable business relationships in a global economy.”


Pour Your Sugar On Me

February 22, 2015

By: Madison Romney

“It is -22 degrees outside and I am bundled from head to toe, trudging through the hallways of Ross, hoping to break a sweat before I brace the biting Michigan air. As I mentally prepare myself to go out into the “great” outdoors, I notice a long line coming from a student led station by the staircase. I slow my pace and an ear-to-ear grin consumes my face as I recognize my kind +LAB friends buzzing with energy. I proudly stand behind 10 people all excitedly waiting to send a +gram.”


How You’re Making Bias Worse

February 17, 2015

By: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant

A father and his son are in a car accident. The father is killed and the son is seriously injured. The son is taken to the hospital where the surgeon says, “I cannot operate, because this boy is my son.”

This popular brain teaser dates back many years, but it remains relevant today; 40 to 75 percent of people still can’t figure it out. Those who do solve it usually take a few minutes to fathom that the boy’s mother could be a surgeon. Even when we have the best of intentions, when we hear “surgeon” or “boss,” the image that pops into our minds is often male.