Adderley Positive Research IncubatorThis month, we proudly renamed our Research Incubator in honor of Terence E. Adderley. We consider this program—now formally called the Adderley Positive Research Incubator—to be part of the essential foundation of Positive Organizational Scholarship. As such, it is highly appropriate that we are recognizing Terry's support with this move.
In 2011, Terry gave the Center for Positive Organizations a generous gift which enabled us to greatly expand our efforts in research, learning programs, and organizational outreach. The support helped CPO move from being a research and classroom teaching center, to being a "think and do tank" that generates important research and takes it to the world in inspiring and practical ways through experiential learning programs, and lifelong co-learning opportunities for working professionals.
An idea originally conceived by Professor Wayne Baker, the Adderley Incubator helps scholars to advance their early stage work through a constructive and supportive environment. We gather every two weeks through the school year. Past presenters have included CPO founders Bob Quinn, Jane Dutton, and Kim Cameron, Ross Business School Dean Scott DeRue, and bestselling author Adam Grant. 
We are incredibly grateful for the support of Terry and Jennifer Adderley. The trajectory of thousands of lives—including my own—and organizations have been changed as a result of their generosity. 

Managing Director, Center for Positive Organizations



6th Annual Relational Coordination Research Collaborative Roundtable

A partner event on transforming relationships for high performance
October 27-28, 2016
Portland, OR
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Positive Links Speaker Series: General David Perkins

Leading to win in a complex world
November 2, 2016
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Michigan Ross Campus or watch online
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Positive Links Speaker Series: Carol D. Ryff

Eudaimonia in work and family life: Findings and reflections
November 14, 2016
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Michigan Ross Campus or watch online
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Positive Links Speaker Series: Andrew J. Hoffman

Finding purpose: Environmental stewardship as a personal calling
December 6, 2016
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Michigan Ross Campus or watch online
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+LAB kick off
2016-17 +LAB kick off
On October 7, we welcomed 101 fellows into our next +LAB cohort. The +LAB is a dynamic co-curricular learning environment designed to immerse students in the theory and practice of Positive Organization Scholar and equip them to become organizational change agents.


2017 Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference:
Call for submissions, nominations

We invite you to submit your work and nominate an article to advance and celebrate qualitative and quantitative research in the field of positive organizational scholarship. Conference submissions and nominations for the Outstanding Published Article Award are both due November 1, 2016.
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New case studies explore positive identity, living wages

WDI Publishing has published two new case studies written by Center faculty. “Emphasizing the Positive: Forming a Strategic Identity for the Ross School of Business” was written by Kim Cameron, Jane Dutton, Robert E. Quinn, Gretchen Spreitzer, et al. “Moo Cluck Moo: Serving Up More Than the Minimum Wage” was written by Wayne Baker, et al.
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Julia Lee’s research on commuting in Huffington Post

The article “The case for the power commute is stronger than you’d think” discusses Lee’s research on how future reflection, goal-setting, and purposeful thought about the upcoming work day results in a less stressful trip to work.
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Andrew Hoffman on models of leadership

In a recent Huffington Post blog, Hoffman writes: “While you learn about the work that needs to be done to bring about a sustainable world, you also have to learn about how people change the way they think.” He goes on to describe the impact of leadership models in creating change.
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Robert Quinn presents his research
Robert Quinn presents at Adderley Positive Research Incubator naming event
As part of the ceremony to honor Terence Adderley's support of the Center for Positive Organizations, Robert Quinn presented his research on creating organizations of higher purpose. Quinn also presented at the inaugural incubator session on May 5, 2004.

Applying POS to Your Life

With a cadre of nearly 50 Center-affiliated faculty producing 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 each month.

Teaching the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ for personal development

All of us can recall our own extraordinary moments, those moments when we felt that our best self was brought to light, affirmed by others, and put into practice. These memories are seared into our minds as moments when we felt alive, true to our deepest selves, and pursuant to our full potential as human beings.
Jane Dutton, Gretchen Spreitzer, Laura Morgan Roberts, and Robert Quinn have developed a tool called the Reflected Best Self Exercise (RBSE) to enable individuals, coaches, and managers to help people develop their best selves by seeing glimpses of their own greatness.
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5 Questions with Kyle Grubman

Learn more about CPO +LAB alum, Kyle Grubman (MBA ‘15), in our monthly five question, five-minute interview series.

Kyle GrubmanQ: What is your favorite positive practice and why?

My favorite positive practice is maintaining a gratitude journal. Every day I write down 4 highlights or things I’m grateful for plus 1 thing I would have done differently if I could do it all over again. I call it “#WinTheDay.” It reflects an evolution of mindset for me since joining this community. When I was a teacher before business school, I found myself rationalizing the school year much like how some would describe a baseball season: You win 60 days, you lose 60 days, it’s what you do with the other 60 days. Now, I’m winning every day!

Q: What area of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) resonates most deeply with you?

I love thriving! My LinkedIn headline is: “Positive energizer. Potential Realizer. Perpetual Thriver.” The simplicity of learning plus vitality really resonates with me. For my weekly 1:1 meetings with my manager, I have a section reserved for my energy levels and I make note of energizers and de-energizers from a work standpoint and whether I’m developing new skills and knowledge. I enjoy tracking the work or relationships that energize me. It was helpful to have those data points when I decided to move internally this summer to a role that more closely aligns with my long term career goals.

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

It will all work out. Five years ago, around this time, I was unemployed and struggling to find work. I had been applying and interviewing for different roles. I made the decision to leave teaching after completing my Teach for America corps commitment, but I started to worry what would be next for me. I was feeling very lost. Wake up every day, look for applicable postings, and hope to hear back for an interview. Eventually, after nearly 15 interviews with this small company in NY I had not heard of before, I was offered an entry level business role. And it all started with their LinkedIn job posting.

Q: What was the last book you read?

I’m almost done reading Thanks for the Feedback. It came highly recommended by a friend of mine. We’re ramping up for our performance review process and want to shift our systems and processes to encourage continuous feedback. I often find that articles and research cater to the feedback giver audience. I found this book to be a refreshing approach that offers insights on how to receive feedback. I read it for work, but I find it very beneficial for all my relationships. I really want to present myself as externally open to feedback, regardless of what form it comes in, and be grateful for it. This book has increased my understanding of when I have tough listening to feedback and how I can expand a conversation to hear and receive more of it in the moment.

Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?

Can I say two things? High fives and hugs! I would find thriving in an environment/culture where those two things are not socially acceptable to be nearly impossible. I just think the world would be a better place with more high fives and hugs. That is all.



Kim Cameron

Kim Cameron speaks at UCCS TEDx

Kim Cameron spoke about positive deviance at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs TEDx conference on flourishing. 
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Jason Wilburn

Jason Wilburn interviewed by Michelle McQuaid

In this podcast Wilburn shared his organization's goal of making 2016 the “Year of High Quality Connections.”
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