Thriving in Trying Times

Thriving in Trying Times

In times of crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe, people and organizations must come together to solve problems.

Every person has the power to leverage their unique strengths and talents during this challenging time. Through this lens of positive organizing, we can enable each other to activate our individual and collective human potential to generate creative solutions that will help us overcome the crisis.

The Center for Positive Organizations has compiled a series of personal and organizational practices based on the research of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) with the goal of enabling as many people and organizations around the world to become a part of the solution.

We will continue to update these webpages with new and additional practices in the coming days.


Learn how positive practices can help you thrive during these challenging times.

When many of us feel challenged enough just getting through the day, thriving simply means finding ways to meet those challenges – large or small – with creativity, resourcefulness, and agility.

We created a series of videos as part of the Thrive in Trying Times Teach-Out as a set of resources to help people think about finding potential during trying times. They focus on reframing concepts like thriving in terms of Positive Organizational Scholarship – our field of inquiry – showing you a way to think at both the individual and community levels.

Watch videos here.

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Continuing the Conversation

We also want to hear about the amazing work individuals, organizations, and researchers are doing to enable people and organizations to thrive during these trying times. To foster the sharing of ideas, we’ve created a public Facebook Group: Enabling People in Trying Times. Join the group and let’s find strength in our shared knowledge. 


The foundational work of this resource comes from two publications that made the inquiry of POS possible. Thank you Kim S. Cameron, Jane E. Dutton, and Robert E. Quinn for writing Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline. Thank you Kim and Gretchen M. Spreitzer for The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Finally, thank you to our CPO Faculty Director Wayne Baker and all POS researchers, including CPO Core Faculty, CPO Faculty Associates, CPO Faculty Affiliates, and those who are part of CPO’s Community of Scholars, for continuing to dedicate your work on broadening and deepening this field of inquiry.

Additional Resources and Information about the COVID-19 Pandemic