Strengths Movement Gaining Momentum

Great Lakes HR Now Newsletter

Boosting performance by building on strengths is a movement that’s gaining popularity in many companies, business schools, and other organizations nationwide – and it originated in our backyard.

Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) had its start about six years ago at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. It was named as one of the “Top 20 Breakthrough Ideas for 2004” by Harvard Business Review. The Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, based in Ann Arbor, is a growing community of scholars who research the positive dynamics within organizations that yield positive results and higher productivity and performance.

By increasing understanding of positive organizational dynamics, such as resiliency, vitality, and strengths, and by using POS tools and best practices, scholars believe that companies can help employees and organizations reach new levels of achievement.


About KappaDiva
Learning Leader Tech Ed Advocate Empassioned Educator Perpetual Student Professional Learner Chief Learning Officer Tonya is a learning leader, instructional design, performance support and multimedia communications professional, with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare, information systems, instructional design and training, web and creative design, internal and external marketing, PR and communications, social media, service excellence, leadership development and non-profit operations management. She is currently Director, Staff Learning & Development, Teach For America; President, A2ATD; principal and Chief Learning Officer of Kappa Beta Technology & Instruction; grad student at The University of Michigan; and author of the Learning Leader Blog (,) an emerging technologies resource for 21st century educators. She current is living in Macomb County, MI, with her cat and several Mac and iOS devices.

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