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Chris WhiteDIRECTOR'S CORNER


Imagine a learning experience where you are taught a theory by one of its originators and pioneers; where you get to apply that theory on-site with an actual organization for a week, not just discuss it abstractly in a classroom for two hours; where you process and integrate your learning experience with the help of experienced coaches.

This is the experience that 36 undergraduate students have had in May and June. Thanks to a teaching team of Jane Dutton, Monica Worline, Betsy Erwin, Stacey Scimeca, C.J. Azubuine, and Lauren Tassone, plus ten organizational partners (including DTE, Quicken, and Cascade Engineering), and many expert guests, the Magnify Immersion Program had its second successful iteration. Several students received scholarships to enable them to take advantage of the program thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors.

At the Center for Positive Organizations, we are committed to undertaking and catalyzing excellent research here, and around the world. We use the insights to create transformational learning experiences for students and leaders. We are grateful for the research underlying the Magnify program, and proud of our most recent crop of alumni from our programs!


Managing Director, Center for Positive Organizations

UPCOMING EVENTS


Academy of Management Meeting

The 76th annual meeting with a 2016 theme of making organizations meaningful
August 5-9, 2016
Anaheim, CA
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Crafting Positive Identities at AOM

A professional development workshop on crafting positive identities within and between workplaces
August 5, 2016
Anaheim, CA
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Gathering of POS Scholars at AOM

A breakfast gathering to building community, connect with other Positive Organizational Scholarship researchers
August 7, 2016 (RSVP by July 31)
Anaheim, CA
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Visit our website to see all upcoming events
Positive Relationships at Work
CPO RESEARCH MICROCOMMUNITY:
Positive Relationships at Work's Biennial Meeting

In June, approximately 30 faculty and doctoral students met at the Cornell School of Hotel Management to offer and receive feedback on in-process projects, build and strengthen interpersonal connections, and discussed ways to move the field of positive relationships at work forward. Read more

IN THE NEWS


Huffington Post blog: The four vital levers to sell your ideas internally

In Chris White’s recent post, he explains that by supporting the intrapreneurs, companies can foster innovation, advance their bottom line objectives, and have desirable social or environmental impacts. Read more


Gretchen Spreitzer on coworking in Quartz

Spreitzer and co-researcher Peter Bacevice contributed to an article titled, “Switching up your location makes you better (and more creative) at your job.” Read more


Robert Quinn spoke to local NPR station about inspiring positive change

In his interview for WEMU’s “The Art of Better Living,” Quinn introduces the Center for Positive Organizations, and his research on gratitude and positive emotions. Read more


David Mayer on benefits of social comparison in Fast Company

While upward social comparisons are often linked with negative emotions, Mayer explains that the norm of reciprocity can actually be used as leverage in professional development. Read more
 
Visit our website for more news from our faculty, students, and friends
Scott DeRue talks with Magnify students
AN ACTION LEARNING SHOWCASE
During a three-hour reflective showcase, 2016 Magnify Immersion Program students shared their transformative experiences with special guests, including Michigan Ross’ new dean, Scott DeRue.

HIGH-QUALITY CONNECTIONS: 
5 Questions with Alum C.J. Azubuine

Learn more about C.J. Azubuine, former +LAB Senior Fellow, in our monthly five question, five-minute interview series.

C.J. AzubuineQ: What is your favorite positive practice and why?

​I am a huge fan of showing gratitude especially through sugar cubes! Telling people how grateful I am for them helps me to have a greater appreciation for the wonderful people I have in my life and creates a positive spiral for the recipient and me. I also have a gratitude coin that I keep in my pocket. Any time I touch it I think about someone or something I am grateful for and why.


Q: What area of positive organizational scholarship research resonates most deeply with you?

I am fascinated by strengths-based work and leadership research. For such a long time, the academic and professional worlds have emphasized improving weaknesses. Strengths research has shown that we actually have more impact in an organization when we focus more on matching what we do with what we are good at. It does not mean that we should not try and improve areas of weakness, but that we should spend less time there and instead emphasize our strengths. I think organizations that engage their teams this way will have happier, healthier, and more loyal team members.


Q: If you could tell anything to the "you" of five years ago, what would it be?

Give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you. I think 5 years ago my focus was on building a career and being successful, but since then I have come to realize that for me success means giving to others and helping my friends and family to see the best in themselves. This change in mindset has blessed me with wonderful opportunities, the most recent being the Center’s Magnify program.


Q: What was the last book you read?

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. It is a great book that talks about how perceived individual weaknesses can contribute to strengths. One story that resonated with me was that of former Cisco CEO and now Chairman, John Chambers. Chambers has dyslexia, but learned to use this to his advantage. Gladwell explains in a 2008 New Yorker article on Chambers and other leaders who have used learning disabilities to create strengths, “Because of their difficulties with reading and writing, they were forced to develop superior oral-communication and problem-solving skills. Because they had to rely on others to help them navigate the written word, they became adept at delegating authority.”


Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?

Music – I cannot think of a world without music!

VIDEOS + MULTIMEDIA

Kim Cameron interviewed by Michelle McQuaid

Kim Cameron in positive psychology podcast

Cameron discusses the power of contribution and misconceptions about positive practices with Michelle McQuaid. Listen to podcast

  

Wayne Baker on Business Builders Show

Wayne Baker’s Business Builders Show interview

Marty Wolff interviews Baker about creating a giver culture, his Reciprocity Ring research, and the new Give and Get app. Watch video

  

The Center for Positive Organizations inspires and enables leaders to build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people. We are a catalyst for the creation and growth of positive organizations. Learn more about our opportunities below.
 
 

Center for Positive Organizations
Stephen M. Ross School of Business | University of Michigan
701 Tappan Street | Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234 734-647-8154 positiveorg@umich.edu
positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu

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