Center for Positive Organizations

Positive Links Speaker Series: Achieve the Extraordinary

Monday, January 23, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Achieve the Extraordinary: Unlock the True Power of Purpose
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About the talk:
A revolutionary approach to business exists, one that delivers game-changing results for both organizations and society alike: the serious and deep pursuit of purpose. When organizations practice deep purpose, furthering their “reason for being,” it can revolutionize how they do business and deliver impressive performance benefits that reward customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, and communities.

Join us for a conversation with Ranjay Gulati, Harvard Business School Professor and author of Deep Purpose, hosted by Robert E. Quinn to learn why organizations need to embed purpose much more deeply than they currently do, treating it as a radically new operating system. They’ll discuss ways to conceive of and relate to purpose and how to execute it. You’ll learn how you can use the power of purpose to unlock hidden potential in yourself and your organization.

About Gulati:
Ranjay Gulati is the Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor and the former Unit Head of the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. Until recently, he chaired the Advanced Management Program, the flagship senior leader executive program, at the school. Professor Gulati studies how “resilient” organizations—those that prosper both in good times and bad—drive growth and profitability. His work bridges strategy (establishing clear strategic pillars for growth), organizational design (reimagining purposeful and collaborative organizational systems), and leadership (fostering inspired, courageous, and caring execution).

Professor Gulati holds a PhD from Harvard University, a Master’s Degree in Management from M.I.T. 's Sloan School of Management, and two Bachelor’s Degrees, in Computer Science and Economics, from Washington State University and St. Stephens College, New Delhi, respectively. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Robert E. Quinn, Co-Founder and Faculty Advisory Board, Center for Positive Organizations; Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

Series Sponsors: 
The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane (BA ‘73) and Paul (MBA ‘75) Jones for their support of the 2022-23 Positive Links Speaker Series. 

Series Promotional Partners: 
Additionally, we thank Ann Arbor SPARK and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division of the Academy of Management for their Positive Links Speaker Series promotional partnerships.