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Seven ways to fight bias in your everyday life

August 3, 2021

By: Dolly Chugh


Photo: Nathan Lemon on Unsplash   Foster diversity and inclusion and build a better world by putting your beliefs into practice. When Tamir Rice, a young boy not much older than my own children, was shot by police and killed while playing with a toy gun, I finally felt like I had to get involved […]

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Ethan Kross shares research on harnessing the “inner-voice” to improve work and well-being

August 2, 2021

By: Kaylee Somerville


Ethan Kross remembers that at a young age, his father taught him to introspect when things went wrong. It became a valuable tool throughout his childhood and adolescence, helping him process challenges and rejection. It wasn’t until he began studying psychology that he learned about when introspection goes wrong. For many, turning inwards can make […]

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Sarah Wood, BBA ’18: Bringing joy to work and helping others do the same

July 30, 2021


Sarah Wood, BBA ’18, began a journey of discovery her sophomore year at the Ross School of Business, when she founded Oats and Woes, an oatmeal pop-up cafe. This oatmeal company later led to a popular blog about mental health detailing Wood’s journey to a more joyful life by connecting to others and to herself. […]

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Theresa Glomb offers tips for returning to the office in TwinCities.com article

July 29, 2021


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Research Advisory Board member Theresa Glomb is quoted in the TwinCities.com article “Heading back to the office after working from home during the pandemic? Here are some tips for adjusting.” The article explores lessons learned during the past year, when many employees worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and examines […]

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Chris White shares tips on how leaders can help employees shine with TED.com

July 29, 2021


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associate Chris White writes about “3 ways to create a work culture that brings out the best in people” on TED.com. White suggests that by unblocking communication, becoming responsive, and aiming higher, leaders can harness all of the energy and creativity that employees have to offer. “Leaders must proactively […]

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Dutton, Caza offer advice on how to manage employees’ anxiety about returning to work

July 26, 2021


Photo: Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) core faculty member Jane Dutton and CPO Research Advisory Board member Brianna Caza are quoted in the Harvard Business Review article “Help Your Employees Who Are Anxious About Returning to the Office.” The article gathers advice from experts on middle management and workplace compassion about […]

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McCluney, Roberts explain why women of color aren’t eager to return to in-person work

July 26, 2021


Photo: Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels A New York Times account is required to access this article. Center for Positive Organizations faculty affiliates Courtney McCluney and Laura Morgan Roberts are quoted in The New York Times article “Return to Office? Some Women of Color Aren’t Ready.” The article explores why many black and brown women aren’t […]

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‘Joy shared is joy sustained,’ Adam Grant writes in The New York Times

July 26, 2021


Photo: Matheus Bertelli on Pexels A New York Times account is required to access this article. “There’s a Specific Kind of Joy We’ve Been Missing,” writes Center for Positive Organizations faculty affiliate Adam Grant in The New York Times. The opinion piece explores collective effervescence — the energy and harmony people feel when they come […]

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The great return to work experiment: Finding a solution for your company

July 12, 2021

By: Chris White


For better or worse, people are returning to the workplace. There are no right answers about how to manage this process. There are, however, a lot of strong and mixed feelings personally and organizationally. In this article, I will share a research-based approach to help leaders develop a solution. Let me start by acknowledging that […]

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Lessons on leading with purpose in a capitalist society

July 8, 2021


Photo: OCG Saving The Ocean on Unsplash A new essay, which was coauthored by two students and a professor at the Ross School of Business, offers important suggestions for leaders seeking a higher purpose in a profit-first world. Writing in Harvard Business Review, Michigan Ross/Erb Institute students Celia Bravard, MBA/MS ’23, and John Pontillo, MBA/MS ’23, with Professor Andy Hoffman, explore […]

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Stephanie Creary leads DEI study that reveals how management practices can improve workplace culture

July 2, 2021


Photo: Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash   POISED (Positive Organizational Inclusion Scholarship for Equity and Diversity) Research Spotlight Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Research Advisory Board member Stephanie Creary is the lead researcher on a recently published study titled “Improving Workplace Culture Through Evidence-Based Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practices.” Creary and her fellow researchers, Nancy Rothbard […]

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Harvard Business Review article on combatting loneliness cites CPO researchers

June 24, 2021


Photo: Marcus Aurelius on Pexels Research by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) co-founder Jane Dutton and CPO Doctoral Student Affiliate Hilary Hendricks is cited in the Harvard Business Review article “Employees Are Lonelier Than Ever. Here’s How Employers Can Help.” The article examines how employers can encourage employees to develop high-quality connections when they return […]

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