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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 […]

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3 Steps to Boost Your Leadership Development

As a leader addressing 500 people whose opinions mattered to me, I started to clam up. Many of you are familiar with that peculiarly palms-sweating, heart-thumping, throat-choking form of social anxiety: the fear of public speaking. Somehow, I stumbled through […]

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The New Face of Corporate Activism

  From the Arab Spring to the protests in Baltimore, social movements have become a pervasive feature of contemporary society. Moreover, activists are increasingly targeting companies and even nonprofits. Although this environment creates new challenges for business, it also presents […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Interview with Net Impact

Christopher White is no stranger to bringing about positive change. He co-developed and teaches a class on social intrapreneurship at the Ross School of Business, and he leads the Center for Positive Organizations, which helps leaders build high-performing organizations and bring out the best in people.

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7 Smart Strategies That Will Cure Your Fear of Public Speaking

Got stage fright? Reframe what you expect from a speech, and your attitude about it will change as well Does the prospect of speaking in front of a live audience make you nervous? If you’re human, the likely answer is […]

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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, […]

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Positive Business Education

How can we educate leaders who make a positive difference in the world? At the 2014 Positive Business Conference, I hosted a session with Ross School of Business Dean Alison Davis-Blake, and Motley Fool Co-Founder and CEO Tom Gardner on […]

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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 […]

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Behind the scenes of Joy, Inc: Ann Arbor’s Menlo Innovations

Rich Sheridan and James Goebel have built a software company on the philosophy that work and workplaces can and should be joyful. And a large part of that involves getting the technology out of the way of real human interaction. […]

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Six Essential Ways to Build a Positive Organization

When you look around your office, do you see a positive organization that fosters growth, expansion, and engagement, or the opposite? Recently, I connected with Chris White, Managing Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations, and Adjunct Faculty […]

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Navigating the Future, with Ford’s Futurist Sheryl Connelly

What are some of the biggest trends affecting the role and nature of business in the world? How can we track them and adapt along with them? At the 2014 Positive Business Conference, I hosted Sheryl Connelly – Chief Futurist at […]

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Want To Be An Intrapreneur? Learn From Social Movements

  It’s no surprise that Millennials, raised as digital natives in a world where social movements are pervasive, have brought a sensibility of social change to the workplace. Rather than checking their values at the door, they follow in the […]

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