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3 Steps to Boost Your Leadership Development in 2016

January 19, 2016

By: Chris White


This post was written for the Huffington Post’s Great Work Cultures initiative. View the original post here. As a leader addressing 500 people whose opinions mattered to me, I started to clam up. Many of you are familiar with that peculiarly palms-sweating, heart-thumping, throat-choking form of social anxiety: the fear of public speaking. Somehow, I […]

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Gretchen Spreitzer, Menlo Innovations in Quartz article

January 15, 2016


The Quartz article “If you work in the ‘gig economy,’ there’s one important benefit you’re probably overlooking” suggests that workers should weigh job security by the quality of networks they are entering, not pay, benefits, and other perks. The story describes America’s “shift towards freelance nation” and the implications this has on employee-employer relationships. CPO Faculty Director […]

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Scott DeRue “never stops learning” at Michigan Ross

January 12, 2016


So many people suddenly find themselves off their expected career path. But there’s a proven way to keep that from happening, something that can even put you back on the right track: Never stop learning. In this video from Michigan Ross’ YouTube Channel, Associate Dean Scott DeRue, also a CPO faculty member, shows you how to excel […]

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Research by ​Andrew J. Hoffman​ about scholar engagement published in the​ Journal of Change Management

January 11, 2016


A research article by Andrew J. Hoffman, the University of Michigan Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and CPO faculty associate, was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Change Management. The article, entitled “Reflections: Academia’s Emerging Crisis of Relevance and the Consequent Role of the Engaged Scholar,” explores the changing role of academic scholars in political and […]

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Achyuta Adhvaryu on the economics of better workplaces

January 7, 2016


Michigan Ross Professor Achyuta Adhvaryu shows that it can be both ethical and profitable to consider production workers as more than labor expense. What is positive business? It’s the idea that businesses can and should create not just economic value, but also offer great places to work, be good neighbors, and help solve some of […]

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Robert E. Quinn, Ryan Quinn on change management and leadership development in Harvard Business Review

January 7, 2016


CPO Co-Founder and Professor Robert E. Quinn and Professor Ryan W. Quinn, an upcoming POS Links Speaker, wrote an article in Harvard Business Review, “Change Management and Leadership Development Have to Mesh.” The article explores the “interrelated challenges” of change management and leadership development and how organizations can combine the two, “approaching them as one in […]

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Rich Sheridan pens Xconomy op-ed on innovation, imagination

January 6, 2016


Rich Sheridan, the president and CEO of Ann Arbor-based Menlo Innovations, wrote on op-ed for Xconomy titled “In 2016, Will We Finally Enter the Age of Imagination?” Though Sheridan applauds the “big ideas” of 2015—including grand space ambitions and self-driving cars—he writes, “I am incredibly hopefully that we are … entering the ‘age of imagination.’” […]

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The Evolution of Greatness

January 4, 2016

By: Robert E. Quinn


I have a precious friend. He is a man of very deep understanding. Everywhere he goes he brings out the best in people. He does this by deeply listening to others while simultaneously holding them accountable to their own most central values. As he lovingly confronts people, he turns them authentic and they come to love him. Where he goes, life flourishes. I have often watched this man turn organizations positive.

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Jane Dutton, Wayne Baker on workplace motivation in Harvard Business Review

January 4, 2016


Research from three CPO researchers was featured in the Harvard Business Review Article, “To Motivate Employees, Do 3 Things Well.” The article suggests three characteristics that leaders should focus on to create long term well-being in the workplace: inspiration, kindness, and self-care. Both Adam Grant and Wayne Baker’s research was cited as support for finding […]

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Michelle Segar in Live Happy Now podcast: New Year, New You

December 31, 2015


Michelle Segar participated in a podcast entitled “New Year, New You” with Live Happy Magazine. In 20 minutes, she explains many of the reasons most New Year’s Resolutions don’t succeed. She says, “the reason we struggle is because we have been taught to change our behavior in a system that is actually getting us focused on the future,” and suggests that in order to really stick with a goal, people need to think and really identify “deeply meaningful” reasons behind wanting to succeed.

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Michelle Segar pens Huffington Post blog about motivation and the neuroscience of reward

December 30, 2015


In her Huffington Post Healthy Living blog post, “Failed New Year’s Resolutions? It’s Not You, It’s Your Motivator,” CPO Faculty Affiliate Michelle Segar explains motivation and the neuroscience of behavior changes. Segar summarizes behavioral economics research that suggests smaller, more immediate rewards are more powerful in motivating behavior change. In one particular study, participants who had more immediate motivation for exercise—to make themselves feel better every day— “exercised 20 percent more over one year compared to participants with health-related goals, and 34 percent more than those whose goal was to lose weight.”

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