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Hey, teachers: It’s time to put on our compassion hats

March 22, 2020

By: Jane Dutton, Monica Worline

The surge in cases of Coronavirus around the world is disrupting the daily lives of students, teachers, and professors. So many of us are suffering, but often we feel helpless in the face of the overwhelming changes to our lives. The combination of anxiety and stress can easily cause panic and indifference. But our professional […]


If virus concerns have you working from home, here’s some advice from the pros

March 13, 2020

Michigan Ross Professor Sue Ashford and colleagues have identified strategies that help independent workers succeed. As impacts from the new coronavirus / COVID-19 continue to spread, more employees may find themselves working from home due to health concerns. It can be a difficult adjustment, but Michigan Ross Professor Sue Ashford has some insights that might help: […]


Wellness initiatives aren’t a cure-all, Monica Worline tells The New York Times

March 10, 2020

The popularity of wellness initiatives is growing as corporations take a more holistic approach to employee well-being, The New York Times reports in the article “Vision-Boarding a World Without Burnout.” (Users must log in to the newspaper’s website to read the full article.) More companies are using meditation, yoga, vision-boarding, energy consulting, sound baths and […]


Michigan Ross to host environmental teach-in as part of U-M’s Earth Day at 50 Celebration

March 9, 2020

Fifty years ago this March, the nation’s first “Environmental Teach-In” was held at the University of Michigan and served as a model for Earth Day celebrations nationwide. This year, capturing the spirit of the groundbreaking events from 1970, the university is organizing teach-ins across campus, including the Ross School of Business, aimed at tackling the […]


Governor-General of Australia honors Lea Waters

March 4, 2020

Australian Governor-General David Hurley recently appointed Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Lea Waters as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). The award is given to citizens who demonstrate service to a particular locality, field, or group. Waters—who specializes in positive education, positive parenting, and positive organizations—was recognized for her work in […]


The Manila Times highlights Positive Organizational Scholarship

March 3, 2020

The Manila Times article “Creating human-centric organizations for the future” explores the value of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) as automation reshapes the global economy. The article suggests that, as disruptive technological forces such as artificial intelligence become more commonplace, savvy human resources managers will need to rely on the principles of POS to help employees […]


Boston Business Journal: Simmons University selects Lynn Wooten as president

March 3, 2020

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Lynn Wooten makes news in the Boston Business Journal article “Simmons University names first African American president.” Simmons is a private university that offers the only undergraduate program for women in Boston, as well as coed online graduate degree programs. Wooten’s term will begin July 1. She currently […]


Forbes spotlights CPO affiliates’ book about impact of race on work, leadership

March 3, 2020

The Forbes article “Building A Better Workplace For Black Employees” features findings from the book Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience. The book—co-edited by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Laura Morgan Roberts, with contributions by CPO faculty affiliate Courtney McCluney—explores the experiences of black business executives. “The picture that […]


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Brianna Barker Caza examines workplace conflict in Harvard Business Review

February 14, 2020

Brianna Barker Caza and fellow researchers offer strategies to help managers and employees rebound from conflict in the Harvard Business Review article, “How to Mend a Work Relationship.” Strong relationships with peers can be a source of energy, learning, and support. But, even small conflicts, left unresolved, can damage individuals and organizations, according to the […]


Marker interviews Wayne Baker about asking for help

February 12, 2020

Wayne Baker chats with Marker about his research in the article “Why Asking for Help Is a Surprisingly Powerful Business Skill.” The interview touches on Baker’s years of research experience, daily workplace practices to build the asking muscle, and insights from his recently published book All You Have To Do Is Ask: How to Master the […]


Jane Dutton tells Washington Post: Compassion is urgently needed

February 6, 2020

The Washington Post quotes Jane Dutton in the article “In an angry America, a new remedy emerges: Compassion.” The piece explores the growing popularity of compassion—the ability to notice suffering in ourselves and others and take action to ease it—in educational, political, health and business settings. The erosion of nurturing institutions like family and church, […]