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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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Research Community Ads

November 25, 2013


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Would you like to reach out to others doing research on a particular topic?

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Recent Highlights from our Facebook page

November 25, 2013


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CPO Partners with Humax Networks

Jane Dutton Quoted on Forbes.com

Ross Announces Positive Business Conference

What’s YOUR Legacy?

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Extreme Generosity: Give a Kidney to a Stranger?

November 25, 2013

By: Wayne Baker


Originally posted on Our Values

Nature gave you two kidneys, but you only need one. It’s one of the ways in which our bodies are over-engineered. Indeed, one kidney can easily do the work of two, even if the one is not fully functioning. This means that you can give one away and still live a healthy life.

But, here’s the tough question: Would you give one of your kidneys to a stranger—no strings attached?

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What’s YOUR Legacy?

November 21, 2013

By: Margot Murphy


A few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of hearing Chris Redlitz and Kenyatta Leal speak about a truly inspirational program. Chris is a venture capitalist who, along with his wife, founded the Last Mile, a program that creates technology accelerators in prisons to provide men entrepreneurial skills as well as jobs upon their release from prison.

I must admit, when I attend these types of talks I often leave feeling impressed but rarely inspired. There’s an important distinction. Impressive speakers are fun to hear – they seem exceptional in their persona or intellect but their accomplishments unattainable to little old me. Inspirational speakers go beyond an acknowledgment of their own success. They make me want to change the way I think or act. The story of Kenyatta – one of the first graduates of the program – inspired me.

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