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Compassion: Test Your Workplace with this Free Online Quiz

May 5, 2013

By: Wayne Baker


Kindness is the #1 character strength in America, according to a global survey of 24 character strengths.

But, what about the workplace? Often, kindness is reserved for family, friends, and community, while the workplace is cutthroat.

Today, I’m giving you a free online quiz to see: Do you work in a cutthroat or a compassionate organization?

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Pursuit of Hapiness: Is Gratitude More Than Saying Thanks?

May 2, 2013

By: Wayne Baker


Expressing gratitude is the first happiness prescription that psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky gives her book, The How of Happiness. People who are consistently grateful are not only happier, but more energetic, hopeful, helpful, empathetic, forgiving, spiritual, and religious.

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The Joy Factory: A Visit to Menlo Innovations

April 30, 2013


For an “out of the box” experience for our April 2013 Positive Links Speaker Series session, we toured Menlo Innovations, an Ann Arbor-based software development firm nationally know for its innovative work practices. Menlo CEO Rich Sheridan and his team welcomed us for a visit that included these insights:
Honest estimates: Menlo supports a culture of honest estimates of how long it will take to do a given project – there are no penalties for the actual time needed being more or less than originally estimated. They tell clients that 49% of jobs come in under the estimate, 49% come in over, and only 2% at the estimated time.
High Tech Anthropologists: Menlo sends teams to the client site to observe and learn firsthand about their culture and practices, to better inform their work for the client. In one case, this resulted in solving a mystery about why a piece of electronic equipment kept failing – workers in the field were unknowingly damaging it.

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Future of Compassion in Business – Video

April 29, 2013

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton


In this video discussing the future of care and compassion in business, Dr. Jane Dutton discusses this as a particularly generative time for thinking about compassion in business, with new possibilities and organizations emerging to generate scientific and social advances in the study and practice of compassion.

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Video Introduction to Care and Compassion in Organizations

April 28, 2013

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton


In this short video introduction, Professor Jane Dutton welcomes you to a special issue of the Academy of Management Review focused on understanding and creating compassionate organizations. The special issue features nine highly diverse papers selected from over ninety-six submissions in a rigorous peer review process.

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How to Read a Book Like Adam Grant’s “Give and Take”

April 19, 2013

By: Ryan W. Quinn


Our friend and colleague, Adam Grant (whose work we have featured in this blog before), has a new book that is receiving wonderful media attention from outlets as diverse as the New York Times Magazine and the Diane Rehm Show. The title of his book is Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, and it has its own accompanying web page, blog, assessment tool, and opportunity to nominate and highlight givers you know and admire.

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Compassionate Organizations Quiz

April 15, 2013


Here is an opportunity for you to contribute to research on compassion in organizations. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, partnered with research collaborative CompassionLab to develop an online quiz to measure the level of compassion in an organization. The 23-question quiz is based on more than 10 years of research on compassion and organizations by members of CompassionLab and the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship.

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Taking the Compassionate Organizations Quiz

April 1, 2013

By: Monica Worline, Jane Dutton


While we often think about compassion as an individual quality, the organizations where we spend our time—such as workplaces, schools, places of worship, and community centers—can actually impact whether and how we respond to someone in distress.

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Becoming a Master of Influence

March 29, 2013

By: Robert E. Quinn


I was invited to meet with a group of young professionals in medicine to discuss the topic of becoming a change agent. I started with two questions. First, I asked them each to define the term. “A leader,” they responded. “Someone who can stimulate people to feel, think, see and do things in a new way.”

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Work Life Enrichment and Being Willing to Die for the Organization That Would Kill You for Caring

March 20, 2013

By: Ryan W. Quinn


There is a phrase used in Bob Quinn’s book Deep Change that is intentionally provocative—perhaps a little too provocative: “being willing to die for the organization that would kill you for caring.” I once had a discussion with someone about this phrase, and her reaction was immediate and visceral: “I can’t see why anyone would die for their organization. I wouldn’t.”

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Engagement in Flourishing Organizations

March 18, 2013

By: Chris White


Let’s continue with Martin Seligman’s PERMA Framework in the context of organizations. So far, we have looked at Positive Emotions and Meaning. Let’s take a look at processes, systems, culture and so forth that support Engagement. The photo above is our team at the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. In future posts, we will come to Positive Relationships, and Achievement.

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