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Becoming a Leader: A Positive Lesson From Failing CEOs

November 21, 2013

By: Robert E. Quinn


This post originally appeared on the LIFT Blog Some CEOs become so focused on profit that they cannot generate it. This fact is of great importance to you because it means you can acquire capacities unavailable to many executives. It means you can lead more effectively than the people above you. It means you can […]

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The Good Guys Win: How a new field of research is redefining—and redesigning—success in business

November 18, 2013


livehappymagazine.com | November 18, 2013

Patton Dodd quotes Kim Cameron and Jane Dutton in a feature on the application of research findings in positive organizational scholarship during a difficult merger – “With the help of Kim [Cameron] and Robert [Quinn], John [Y. Kim, CEO,] and his team began to introduce positive organizational principles into Prudential Retirement—including institutionalizing forgiveness, resilience, supportive communication and employee empowerment—with the goal of creating sustainable culture change and meeting business goals.”

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Center for Positive Organizations Partners with Humax Corporation to Help Businesses Implement Positive Practices

November 13, 2013


The Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, a world-class research center fostering the creation and growth of positive organizations, today announced that it has partnered with Humax Corporation, a leader in bringing the benefits of network science to individuals and organizations around the world.

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POS in Action: The Center’s new office

October 21, 2013


What do you envision as the ideal office work environment? What are important elements?

When the Center for Positive Organizations moved into new office space last month, we were excited to implement some of the concepts that research in POS topics had shown to create great workplaces.

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Welcome to the Center for Positive Organizations!

October 18, 2013


We are excited to share with our community the news that we have changed our name from Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship to Center for Positive Organizations. The new name is a reflection of our aspiration to build on our foundation of rigorous, empirical research in the field of positive organizational scholarship (POS) and expand our impact through events, education programs, corporate partnerships, research-in-action teaching tools, and as the hub for information about POS. At the Center for Positive Organizations, our mission is to undertake and spread the science of building high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people.

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Compassion — The Heart’s Response to Suffering

October 18, 2013

By: Camille Piner


“There is always pain in the room.” – Frost Last month, Jane Dutton kicked off the Positive Links Speaker Series by sharing her research on compassion. She defined compassion as, “the heart’s response to suffering.” More specifically, a process that involves noticing, feeling, interpreting, and responding to pain. Interestingly, humans are predisposed towards compassion. So […]

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What energizes you?

September 21, 2013

By: Camille Piner


“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin Yesterday I experienced one of those moments where I had been sitting, working on my laptop for two hours too long, and at that point I wasn’t accomplishing anything. If I hadn’t met with Gretchen Spreitzer[1] this week and discussed the importance of taking mental and […]

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Why Your Boss Cares if You’re Happy

September 16, 2013


FastCo.Exist.com | September 16, 2013

Article on measuring and encouraging employee happiness quotes Jane Dutton on the benefits to employees, and to society as a whole.

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Never Underestimate the Value of Praise

September 13, 2013

By: Camille Piner


“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something” – Max Lucado Usually when people want to increase their performance, they focus on improving their weaknesses to match their other abilities. The article I read this week claims that doing this simply makes a person “average”[1]. To set yourself apart from the rest, it […]

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