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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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Two Easy Systems for Positivity

December 11, 2012

By: Chris White


Research suggests that the single best way to improve your own mood is to do something nice for others. How can we create mechanisms to make this part of the fabric of our organizations? Here are two examples.

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Graditude Journal – The Advanced Version

December 8, 2012

By: Chris White


You may have heard the remarkable research finding before: those who write down three good things that happened in their life each day for a week are happier and less depressed, even sixth months later than those who do not do this practice. Those who continue the practice on after the week have even stronger positive responses.

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Contours and Consequences

December 2, 2012

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton, and members of Compassion Lab


In this paper, we use a combination of narrative and survey methods to explore the contours and consequences of compassion at work. Stories of compassion at work provide testimony to its power in cultivating positive identification with the workplace and with one’s co-workers.

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