4 Leverage Points for Being a Positive Leader

When meeting with leaders interested in building positive organizations, one question recurs more often than the others: “where do we start?” As a manager myself, I can certainly relate to this. Good advice is seemingly limitless. Help to put it all together, however, is in short supply. Followers of the Center for Positive Organizations, based … Read more4 Leverage Points for Being a Positive Leader

How to help your new hire get off to a great start

The sun was shining as Katie set off for her first day at work on her dream job. Heading to the office with a brisk walk, a little smile, and the flutter of butterflies in the stomach, everything seemed bright about the day to come. As managers, we know that there are many things to … Read moreHow to help your new hire get off to a great start

Beyond Engagement: Thrive At Work

A few years back, my friend Michael was a successful student here at Michigan Ross. With a winning personality, work experience at a top Internet company, and an advanced degree from a prestigious business school, Michael had his pick of post-graduation employers. He decided to join a prominent West Coast tech company, and was seemingly … Read moreBeyond Engagement: Thrive At Work

How to Unlock Positive Change Throughout Your Entire Organization

When Kevin Thompson, Director, North America Marketing – IBM Commerce, Mobile and Social, proposed a corporate Peace Corps at the firm, he was nearly laughed out of the room. The idea of Big Blue giving free consulting services to nonprofits in low-income communities in distant countries seemed so countercultural. Yet now, the Corporate Service Corps … Read moreHow to Unlock Positive Change Throughout Your Entire Organization

Revolutionize Your Workplace: How Your Company Can Change The World

Over the past five years, social intrapreneurship — creating change with positive social impact that aligns with the core mission of the business — has gone from a niche interest with sporadic impact, to a sweeping tide that is transforming what corporations do and how they go about doing it. Through research and discussions with … Read moreRevolutionize Your Workplace: How Your Company Can Change The World

The Traits of Socially Innovative Companies

In this article adapted from their new book, Jerry Davis and Chris White explore what makes some companies more fertile for social innovation — that is, the ongoing (rather than one-off) initiatives that have positive social impact while promoting the core mission of a business. While there are some factors that make social innovation more likely than … Read moreThe Traits of Socially Innovative Companies

The Allure of Intrapreneurship

All talent professionals greet the annual Gallup Engagement figures with some interest and curiosity. Increasingly, though, I have noticed a little less engagement (pun intended) with the numbers in recent years. It seems that the issue is so big, complex, and intractable that it is easier to just be sadly aware of its existence, than … Read moreThe Allure of Intrapreneurship

Reimagining our workplaces

Positive Business, Positive Results: An Open Invitation The term ‘positive business’ refers to the application of this vision to the world of business — the belief that organizations can be reimagined to achieve extraordinary outcomes. Everyone has moments of greatness that stay with us for years, but why is it that those instances seem so … Read moreReimagining our workplaces