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Robert Quinn on new perspectives in HRZone

February 2, 2016

In this three part HRZone series, “The Positive Organization: a new ideal for HR to aspire to,” Professor and CPO Co-Founder Robert Quinn discusses the future of HR and how businesses can integrate positive practices based on sound academic research. Quinn surfaces the criticism of HR as a “bandage business,” looks at new perspectives to turn organizations positive, and […]


Third Place Events – a slice of time

February 1, 2016

By: Jennifer Evans

There are a number of perhaps surprising activities that evidence increasingly shows support wellness, happiness, creativity, and vitality. With a few clicks of the internet you can see the proven benefits of things we generally think of as child’s play. Positive organizational psychology research demonstrates that increased personal well-being both benefits individual productivity and promotes […]


Center for Positive Organizations seeks to recognize best positive business practices

January 27, 2016

CPO issues call for submissions for the 2016 Positive Business Project competition The Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business has issued a call for submissions for its 2016 Positive Business Project competition, an annual contest celebrating organizations that deliver change through positive business practices. Organizations of […]


Ted London delivering on the promise to the world’s poor

January 26, 2016

New book by Professor Ted London details how to build more effective ventures to serve people with low incomes. The flurry of interest in base-of-the-pyramid ventures since the late 1990s — when the late Ross Professor C.K. Prahalad wrote on the subject — hasn’t yet yielded enough large, sustainable enterprises that serve the world’s poorest […]


Michelle Segar on the science of exercise in Fast Company

January 25, 2016

In the Fast Company article, “The Scientific Secret to Staying In Shape: Fall In Love With Exercising,” CPO Faculty Associate Michelle Segar talks about the motivation behind exercise. She explains her research which supports that people stick to goals longer when they are focused on immediate rewards such as feeling better or more energy rather than focusing […]


Justin Berg ​talks job crafting ​with​ Stanford Business​’​ Insights

January 22, 2016

Justin Berg, a ​co-​creator of the Job Crafting Exercise​ (with Jane Dutton)​ and recent Positive Links Speaker, was interviewed by Stanford Business​’​ Insights on the benefits and techniques of job crafting in ​the article, “Should Employees Design Their Own Jobs?” ​Along with ​Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski, ​Berg ​studies three different forms of job crafting: task […]


Michelle Segar on the science of motivation in Michigan Today​ article “No sweat”

January 21, 2016

Reposted from Michigan Today How “sticky” is your resolution? January is nearly over, and though she is not a soothsayer, fitness expert and psychologist Michelle Segar has a prediction: Many well-meaning people who kicked off 2016 with a bold New Year’s resolution – especially one regarding weight loss – will soon abandon their plans. And that’s […]


Michelle Segar on behavior psychology of tracking exercise in the Wall Street Journal

January 20, 2016

A recent Wall Street Journal article “Stop Counting 10,000 Steps; Check Your Personal Activity Intelligence,” describes a new fitness metric called the PAI — Personal Activity Intelligence — developed by Mio Global, a wearable technology enterprise. The metric is based on factors such as age, gender, resting heart rate, and other unique sources of quantitative data. CPO Faculty Associate Michelle […]


David Mayer “leading by example” in Fast Company

January 20, 2016

In David Mayer‘s latest Fast Company ethics column, “Why Leading by Example is not Always Enough,” he explains there’s more to building a culture of ethics than acting morally. Mayer explores the difference between leading ethically versus being ethical, and how to be a moral manager. He writes, “It’s true that being a moral person is critical to good leadership, […]


Business Insider video features Gretchen Spreitzer’s “jerks at work” research

January 19, 2016

Gretchen Spreitzer’s research from the Journal of Applied Psychology, “Destructive De-Energizing Relationships: How Thriving Buffers their Effect on Performance,” is featured in a Business Insider video. The 92-second ”Don’t let jerks ruin your day—here’s how to overcome their bad energy at work” video gives tips to both employees and managers such as finding meaning in […]