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Podcast with Prof. Gretchen Spreitzer

Gretchen Spreitzer on Can You Thrive At Work?

Today’s Guest

My guest today is Professor Gretchen Spreitzer, the faculty director for the Center of Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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In this interview, you’ll hear Gretchen talk about her research exploring how we help people to thrive in organizations.  She shares  practical ways for organizations to do this through her four levers to promote sustainability, and basic and easily implemented tactics for individuals to use no matter what job they find themselves in.

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You’ll Learn:

● [1:43] – In today’s world, it is easy to get burned out and we need to make performance sustainable.
● [3:44] – Gretchen shares the four levers organizations can use to promote sustainability.
● [7:42] – Gretchen talks about the balance of responsibility between organizations and individuals in regards to employee growth and sustainability.
● [8:40] – What can individuals do when their organization doesn’t promote growth and sustainability?
● [12:05] – Gretchen discusses about her findings that co-working spaces lead to higher mean scores of thriving.
● [15:47] – Gretchen talks about resilience for people in difficult situations. Thriving is not about bouncing back, it’s about bouncing better.
● [17:43] – Thriving and growing proactively, when there isn’t a difficulty or challenge.
● [19:13] – Should organizations expect and encourage an approach of thriving when someone is struggling, personally?
● [20:04] – The lightning round with Gretchen Spreitzer

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