Positive Business Building: Thriving Workplaces with a Culture of Joy with Rich Sheridan & Professor Gretchen Spreitzer

Original Air Date Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Do you derive joy and fulfillment from your work? Do you feel energized by the service you provide to your team and your clients? How different would your life be if your organization injected positivity, flexibility, and energy into its culture?  The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is trying to do just that.  Backed by science, the Center for Positive Organizations creates tools and practices utilized by revolutionary companies like Menlo Innovations. During this episode, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks to the
CEO of Menlo Innovations, Rich Sheridan and the Keynote Speaker of thePositive Business Conference, Professor Gretchen Spreitzer about how adding humanity into business can create positive cultures in the new world of work.  In this episode you will learn about:
Injecting positivity, flexibility and energy into your organization How humanity and business can successfully coexist Applying science to create a thriving workplace Servant leadership – what is and isn’t.

Does something in this conversation resonate with you? Are you in need of a professional speaker who can elevate your tribe & enliven your culture? Lisa Cypers Kamen is an award-winning speaker, author & happiness expert who facilitates life-changing presentations for organizations of any size. The science is clear, happier people thrive in life. If you are ready to inject joy into your organization, find out which program is best for you at Lisa’s Live Events.

Rich Sheridan — Positive Business Building:
  • Rich describes the purpose behind the Positive Business Conference at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. [2:39]
  • Why Menlo Innovations was created and what they have been bringing to the software industry for 18 years. [5:09]
  • The goal to create modern workplaces in which employees can thrive. [9:34]
  • Rich shares some of the revolutionary concepts practiced and promoted by the Ross Business School. [13:36]
  • The attributes that make Menlo Innovations culture so successful. [20:39]
  • How to create a purpose-driven business through servant leadership. [28:25]

Richard Sheridan is CEO, co-founder, and Chief Storyteller of Menlo Innovations, which has won the ‘When Work Works’ award for eleven straight years and five revenue recognitions from Inc. magazine. Menlo and Rich have been featured on the covers of Inc., Entrepreneur, Forbes and New York magazine. He frequently speaks around the world at business conferences and to major corporations such as MassMutual, Adobe, Nike, and Intel. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Book: Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear


Menlo Innovations Website
@menloprez on Twitter

Professor Gretchen Spreitzer — How to Create Thriving Workplaces:
  • Gretchen explains the work and the aim of the Center for Positive Organizations. [33:49]
  • How science can be used to produce thriving workplaces with authenticworkforces. [35:14]
  • Gretchen defines what it means to be ‘thriving at work’. [39:13]
  • The 3 levers to create and maintain energy at work. [42:01]
  • How to elevate an organization with humanity, joy, and love. [48:17]
  • The 3 dimensions of the new world of work. [51:56]

Gretchen Spreitzer is the Alessi Professor Business Administration at Ross School of Business University of Michigan. She is a core faculty member of the Center for Positive Organizations and Area chair of the Management and Organizations Department.



Gretchen Spreitzer Online
The Positive Business Conference
@MichiganRoss on Twitter

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