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Defining Compassion

January 2, 2013

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton


Compassion is the heart’s response to suffering. Compassion — from the roots passio (suffering) and com (with) — means to suffer with another. Compassion is an innate part of human response to suffering, which is comprised of a three-part experience of noticing another’s pain, feeling with another, and responding in some way.

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Compassion Organizing

January 1, 2013

By: Jane Dutton, Monica Worline


Pain and suffering, though often unspoken, are ubiquitous in work organizations. Sometimes the work of the organization itself becomes painful, while at other times pain comes from tragic and unexpected events in employees’ lives

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How do *Organizations* Flourish

December 27, 2012

By: Chris White


In Flourish, Penn Professor Marty Seligman lays out a five-component framework for maximizing well-being in your own life. It got me thinking: in what ways can this be applied to organizations?

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The Teaching and Practice of POS, Part V: Transcending Your Own Culture

December 21, 2012

By: Robert E. Quinn


I was recently teaching a class on how to be a transformative teacher of positive organizational scholarship. To make a lasting difference with these fellow educators, I realized I needed to carefully plan our lesson, and then be prepared let go of the plan and let the students take the teacher where they most need to go—to co-create with them.

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The Teaching and Practice of POS, Part III: Recognizing How Threatening the Message Really Is

December 20, 2012

By: Robert E. Quinn


In Part I of this series, I suggested that POS’s central message is that an organization can have a more positive culture. In yesterday’s entry, Part II, I explained how “Normal Blindness” caused people to ignore such opportunities. I went on to state that POS’s message is actually threatening to those with the normal mindset.What responsibility does this fact put on POS teachers and practitioners?

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What is “The Positive Lens”

December 18, 2012

By: Chris White


If you have moved in Positive Organizational Scholarship circles for a while, you may have come across the term “The Positive Lens”. Those who use the term seem to know what it is, and feel it is important – profound even. Those who do not know what is means seem confused and sometimes even a little skeptical.

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Teaching the Practice of POS, Part I: Understanding the Basic Message

December 17, 2012

By: Robert E. Quinn


Originally posted on the LIFT Blog In this five-part series, I explore the ways in which positive organizational scholarship’s teachers and practitioners can use empirical examples to make the subject both clear and engaging. To  help individuals and organzations implement the principles of positive organizational scholarship, its teachers and practitioners must understand and effectively communicate its […]

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