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3 Leadership Trends of 2014

January 28, 2014


Will Yakowicz (Inc. magazine) interviews Chris White, Managing Director of the Center for Positive Organization, about recent leadership trends.

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Book Launch: Wayne Baker’s United America

January 27, 2014


It’s no secret that Americans live in an age of perceived polarization. We hear updates on the news about the latest political clash, we take stances on issues and might even consume media based on those stances. To an outside observer, it might seem that Americans are always at odds with each other, barely able to agree on where to go for lunch.

Dr. Wayne Baker offers a different perspective in United America. Americans are united by Ten Core Values, values they have held for a long time, he says, and these values hold true despite differences in demographics like age, race and political leaning.

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What Wolf of Wall Street Can (or Can’t) Teach Us About the Secret to Life

January 6, 2014


forbes.com | January 6, 2014

John Kluge of forbes.com discusses three ways of building community in the workplace that are healthier and more effective than those depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street: 1. Go with the flow, 2. Be helpful, and 3. Get crafty. In the “Get crafty” section, he calls the Job Crafting Exercise a tool that “will help you and your team reimagine your work to make it more fulfilling and engaging, for everyone.”

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What Are You Grateful For?

December 23, 2013

By: YaLe Lim


Everybody has something to be grateful for in his or her life. How often, though, do we stop to think, and be thankful for all that we have? And why should we even do so? Associate Professor Lea Waters (University of Melbourne) prompted a thoughtful discussion on these questions and the topic of gratitude among faculty and students during her POS Research Incubator.

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More than job satisfaction

December 20, 2013


Monitor on Psychology | December 2013, Vol 44, No. 11

Kristen Weir of the Monitor on Psychology (a publication of the American Psychological Association) highlights research “showing that meaningful work is good for the worker and for the company — and that even employees in tiresome jobs can find ways to make their duties more meaningful.” In the article, Weir quotes Jane Dutton describing how individuals can redefine their jobs to be more personally meaningful through job crafting.

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125 and Counting: The POS Research Incubator

December 18, 2013

By: Max Branson


“This past Monday, Johan Schoeman, a lecturer at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, came to the Center to present on the state of POS in his home country.”

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Recent Highlights – December 2013

December 17, 2013


6 Essential Ways to Build a Positive Organization

In an interview on Forbes.com, Center for Positive Organizations managing director Chris White identifies based-in-research tactics for tapping resources that “can lead to vibrant, energized people contributing at the highest level in thriving workplaces.”

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

On livehappymagazine.com, Patton Dodd quotes Kim Cameron and Jane Dutton in a feature on the application of research findings in positive organizational scholarship by then-CEO John Y. Kim—including institutionalizing forgiveness, resilience, supportive communication, and employee empowerment—during a difficult merger at Prudential Retirement.

+Lab Student Fellows Experience Reciprocity Ring

The Center for Positive Organizations +Lab student fellows participated in a Reciprocity Ring and will have the opportunity to collaborate with CPO Partner Humax Corporation on a beta test for a mobile app based on the Ring.

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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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