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POS in Action: The Motley Fool wins a 2014 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award

December 17, 2013


Congratulations to The Motley Fool and CEO Tom Gardner for being named the best medium-sized company to work for by Glassdoor!

The anonymous employee reviews of The Motley Fool on Glassdoor reveals some of the reasons The Motley Fool earned this award: employees remark on the high level of autonomy they enjoy, ample opportunities for professional development and advancement, and the collaborative environment.

In May 2014, Gardner will speak at the Positive Business Conference hosted by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

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Positivity Resonates – Barb Fredrickson at Positive Links

December 17, 2013


Barb Fredrickson, a leading scholar on positive emotions and human flourishing, returned to the Center for Positive Organizations to share the latest developments in her research on positivity. Barb first presented at Positive Links 10 years ago, and we are grateful for her membership in the community of Positive Organizational Scholarship researchers worldwide.

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6 Essential Ways To Build A Positive Organization

December 13, 2013


forbes.com | December 13, 2013

Kathy Caprino of forbes.com talks with Chris White–Managing Director of the Center for Positive Organizations–about some of the most important POS research and the best ways to build a positive organization. Chris offers six effective ways to get started on the path to positivity.

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Chris White interviewed for Forbes article on building a positive organization

December 13, 2013


In the Forbes article, “6 Essential Ways To Build A Positive Organziation, ” CPO Managing Director, Chris White, citing research from CPO faculty, explains six ways to create positive organizations that make the utmost of human performance. Focus Behavior on the Do’s, Not Just the Don’ts Kim Cameron is cited for his research on virtuousness, and how attributes […]

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Dottie Deremo and Leading from Within

December 13, 2013

By: Jenny Simonson


One big myth of leadership is, “The higher you go, the more control you have.” Find out why this isn’t necessarily the case.

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Positivity in Public Education

December 11, 2013

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This is the first installment of two-part blog series covering Lea Waters’ visit to the Center for Positive Organizations. In this first part, YaLe Lim recounts Lea’s presentation about experience in helping to infuse positive psychology into the public education system in Melbourne, Australia.

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To Mindfully Engage, or Not To Mindfully Engage

December 9, 2013

By: Margot Murphy


Chances are if you’ve spent time in Ross recently, you’ve heard the expression “mindful engagement” tossed around. You might have, like me, assumed that this was a new expression to mean “reflection” or “purpose.” These are not unrelated words, but what I learned a few weeks ago at Sue Ashford’s research incubator (an ideation session […]

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Did you get your daily diet of LOVE today?

December 6, 2013

By: Jenny Simonson


This week I learned of Barbara Fredrickson’s leading research on positive emotions. She spoke about love as critical to building a meaningful life, but not in the traditional Hollywood-romantic-comedy way. She defined love as the most positive of the positive emotions—the feeling you get when you really relate to someone, when you click, or when […]

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Chris Peterson’s Unfinished Masterwork — A Strengths-Based Perspective of Mental Illness

December 4, 2013

By: Camille Piner


The reason I am involved in the Center for Positive Organizations is because of Chris Peterson. I signed up for his Positive Psychology[1] course at the last minute, and unexpectedly it became the most personally meaningful class I’ve ever taken. On the day of our midterm, though, Chris passed away unexpectedly, which was devastating to […]

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A Raisin Lesson

November 26, 2013

By: YaLe Lim


What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Meditation’? I’ll admit… the words ‘slow’ and ‘monotonous’ were the first to come to mine. However, the meditation practices Dr. Benn brought us through, as well as her questions, made me rethink my previous notion. On 28th October 2013, I had the privilege of attending […]

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The Three R’s – and G: The place for Gratitude in Early Education

November 25, 2013


How would the educational experience be transformed—and transforming—if gratitude was part of the curriculum for students, and for training of teachers and administrators? Lea Waters is dedicated to providing the answers, as well as the resources, via her research on gratitude.

Lea Waters is the director of the Centre for Positive Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Melbourne, and she recently visited the Center for Positive Organizations to share her research into the importance of gratitude to well-being, and how best to engender a culture of gratitude in schools. She presented her research to University of Michigan faculty members and doctoral students in a POS Research Incubator session, and gave presentations on early education curricula featuring gratitude to students in the Center for Positive Organizations +Lab.

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POS in Action: Step one when facing an “insurmountable” challenge: identify the positives

November 25, 2013


Identify the problem, then formulate a solution. Reasonable strategy? What about looking first at what is right in the situation, and how to build on it? This is what Jim Mallozzi did in 2009, when he was appointed CEO to Prudential Real Estate and Relocation, which was deep in the red at time. He applied what he had learned from research in the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship, and not only implemented strengths-based strategies, but worked to answer the question, “How do we achieve something that is truly great and never before seen in our industry?”

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