Positive Perspectives


Recently, I asked what we could do to help you build positive organizations. Thank you for your replies! The main theme was a request to learn from our research and teaching in a localized, scalable way. 

It is with this in mind that I am thrilled to introduce the CPO Community of Practice Facilitation Guide to you. This is a step-by-step toolkit to create your own support group of fellow Positive Organizational Scholarship practitioners. In it, you will find exercises and discussion guides to support your own learning and practice, and to build great relationships with others in the process. 

Managing Director, Center for Positive Organizations


Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting

"At the Interface," the theme of this 77th annual meeting
August 4-8, 2017
Atlanta, GA
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Gathering of POS Scholars at AOM

A breakfast gathering to build community, connect with other Positive Organizational Scholarship researchers 
August 6, 2017
Atlanta, GA
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2017 WELCOA Summit

Vic Strecher, Chris White will speak at this summit about redefining employee wellbeing
August 28-30, 2017
Omaha, NE
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The S Word

A film screening and panel discussion on World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2017
Michigan Ross
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Relational Coordination Research Collaborative Roundtable

A partner event with the theme of creating change through trust-based relationships
October 19-20, 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Magnify at IPPA

Magnify team at 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology

Our team of Jane Dutton, Fred Keller, Sierre Wolfkostin, Monica Worline, Betsy Erwin, and Stacey Scimeca (L-R) presented about Magnify, the Michigan Ross course that brings positivity and purpose to students and organizations. 


Ron May joins CPO’s Executives in Residence

Former DTE exec joins team dedicated to connecting research and positive leadership practices.
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11 ways to boost your energy and get more done

Gretchen Spreitzer suggests physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interventions you can use to manage energy during and after work.
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Magnify students blog for Huffington Post

Kenna Boyd, Christina Gatti, Abhi Sastry, and Kevin Yu wrote about their immersion experience at Cascade Engineering.
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Kim Cameron and Jane Dutton cited in Harvard Business Review

“Burnout at work isn’t just about exhaustion. It’s also about loneliness” cites Cameron’s work on leadership and Dutton’s work on compassion.
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CPO course brings positivity and purpose to students and organizations

Read about a unique learning experience that marries Positive Organizational Scholarship with action based learning where students can apply their knowledge in organizations.
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Community of Practice Facilitation Guide

Applying POS to Your Life

With a growing community of practitioners applying Positive Organizational Scholarship-themed research, there isn’t a shortage of great information about how and why to integrate positive practices into your life. We’ll introduce you to some of those practices here in each issue.


The Community of Practice Facilitation Guide

The Community of Practice Facilitation Guide is a new tool designed to encourage business leaders, practitioners, and organizational consultants to share strategies and practices for creating successful and flourishing workplaces. The Guide offers informed advice and curated resources—such as research, journal articles, interviews with experts, inspiring practices, and provocative musings—to prompt engaged and enlivened discussion in your group. It is our hope that your Community of Practice will be a home to learn and grow with peers and help advance positive business practices.
Learn more about the Community of Practice Facilitation Guide
2017 Award for Outstanding Published Article in POS

2017 Award for Outstanding Published Article In Positive Organizational Scholarship

The winning article, "What's love got to do with it?," was written by Sigal Barsade and Olivia O’Neill (middle). The award was presented at the 2017 Positive Organizational Research Conference.

5 questions with Mari Kira

Learn more about Mari Kira, core faculty member and assistant research scientist and lecturer in Psychology, in our monthly five question, five-minute interview series.

Mari KiraQ: What is your favorite positive practice and why?

Job crafting. The way we cognitively frame our work has a tremendous influence on how we experience it and what we are able to accomplish through it. Job crafting highlights this opportunity but also emphasizes our responsibility to critically think whether our mental framing of our work supports us in doing personally and socially meaningful, value-adding work.

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

Psychological growth occurs through both positive and negative work experiences. When we thrive at work, we build on the strengths that we have and develop as we are. However, sometimes the most important growth opportunities in our professional lives relate to career and work transitions initially challenging our very sense of self and, eventually, paving way for the realization of new possibilities and amazing personal and professional growth in new directions.

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

What you cherish will always be a part of you. In 2007, after over a decade living in Germany, I got an opportunity to work again in my native Finland for a five-year research fellow job. And five years ago, I was just finishing that job and focusing my life back to Germany. I was worried about losing touch with my Finnish colleagues and the vibrant community of scholars and practitioners developing a better working life there. Five years on, that community is still a part of my life. It’s up to me to remain its member even though I’m far away.

Q: What was the last book you read?

The diary of Ester Stahlberg, the first Finnish First Lady. Ester wrote her diary in the 1920s when Finland had just gained its independence (1917). As a novelist, Ester is able to draw a vivid picture of the political and cultural life of the young republic, people from the pages of history come to life in her diary. Her diary also tells about her personal resilience in crafting her job as the first First Lady, and she writes about the joy, pride, and gratitude of the young nation for being independent at last. What energy!

Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?

Hiking. I just need that feeling of putting one foot in front of the other, nature around me, the rhythm of walking and thinking. When living in Europe, the favorite hiking grounds for me and my husband were in the mountains around Lake Como (Italy) and on the hills surrounding the vineyards of Alsace (France) and Pfalz (Germany). Now having moved to the U.S., we are finding our new paths here in Michigan.

Chris White interviews Whole Foods' Walter Robb

White and Robb discuss the challenges and opportunities of putting positive business into action
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Positive Business Conference 2017 - Positive Leadership and Positive Performance with Kim Cameron

Kim Cameron on Positive Leadership

Cameron explains the impact of positive leadership on individual and organizational performance
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Laura Morgan Roberts on authenticity and resonance

Roberts was interviewed at Harvard's 2017 Gender and Work Symposium
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Cascade Engineering featured in Huffington Post Video

Learn how Cascade invests in employees
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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

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