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Michelle Segar shares New Year’s resolution tips in U.S. News and World Report blog

December 30, 2015

Michelle Segar wrote an article in the US News Health section, 3 Things People Who Stick to Their New Year’s Resolutions Do Differently, about research that supports motivation and behavior. She suggests that people who stick to their resolutions do so because they want to; they have an intrinsic motivation that supports their behavior change. She also goes on to explain that prioritizing self-care is a distinguishing factor in staying successful with resolutions. Finally, successful goal setters use strategies that plan for obstacles, using “if, then” planning to keep them on track.


Cascade Engineering Welfare to Career Program in Corp! Magazine

December 23, 2015

Cascade Engineering, founded in 1973 by CPO Executive in Residence, Fred Keller, was featured in a Corp! Magazine article, “Welfare to Career: Plastics Company Helps People Break Barriers to Success.” The story follows a single mother welfare applicant who turned her life around with the help of this organization’s program. The program has not only provided success and […]


Generating and evaluating new ideas

December 17, 2015

By: Kevin Yang

Effective organizations are not only able to generate new ideas, but are also able to correctly identify and pursue its most promising leads. In this month’s session of the Positive Links Speaker Series, Justin Berg (BA ‘07) presented “Creative Forecasting” and how to improve the selection and rejection of ideas within organizations.


David Mayer in Fast Company on Why you Overrate High Performance at Work

December 16, 2015

David Mayer, CPO faculty co-director, writes about the dichotomy of character and competence in the workplace in his Fast Company blog post, “Why you overrate high performance at work (and what it’s costing you).” In the post he explains, “in our personal relationships, character trumps competence,” while in the workplace, it’s often the opposite.


Ross MBAs Become Mentors for Detroit Public School Students

December 15, 2015

Earlier this year, Kim Cameron and Bob Quinn met with a group of Detroit Public School faculty and administration for a two-day workshop. Out of this workshop was born the idea of a mentorship program as a way to build a long-term, impactful relationship with Detroit. The program, called the Detroit Revitalization & Business Initiative is off to a great […]


Hello, Goodbye: Endings as Positive Opportunities

December 14, 2015

By: Chris Murchison

Investing in new employee orientation is a no-brainer for most organizations. A thoughtful beginning sets staff up for success. Positive orientation experiences help create a workplace where employees feel that they belong, where they can show up as a whole person and have a sense of focus and purpose in their work.


Forecast 2016: David Mayer Speaks on Rebuilding Trust with an Ethical Culture

December 9, 2015

Michigan Ross Professors Cindy Schipani and David Mayer say building a culture of ethics at all levels can prevent scandals and restore trust Corporate scandals, like the Volkswagen emissions cheating and FIFA corruption cases, were all-too-frequent headlines in 2015. How can we see fewer of these in 2016 and restore public trust? Michigan Ross Professors […]


Forecast 2016: Gretchen Spreitzer Talks Workplace Trends

December 9, 2015

The rapidly shifting needs of both companies and employees has spawned innovation and, in some cases, some friction.

As the workplace continues to evolve, Michigan Ross Professor Gretchen Spreitzer, Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration and professor of management and organizations, sees two main themes emerging in 2016:


Wayne Baker quoted in Fast Company article about kids and entrepreneurship

December 2, 2015

The article explains how parents’ behavior affects their children’s ethics and behavior. As Baker explains, parents should “be conscious about the messages [they] send.” He went on to add, of is own son, “I do want him to know that whatever he does, it’s possible to love what you do, like I do. Because when you love your work, it doesn’t seem like work.”