Kim Cameron – Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

Kim Cameron, professor and associate dean at the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship from the University of Michigan, is doing great work. Not only did he develop the famous Competing Values Framework and the associated Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument, he’s also one of the go-to researchers on Positive Organizational Scholarship. Positive leadership and culture are based on the Positive Psychology research and they’re the heart of the Positive Culture Academy.


Books by Kim Cameron

Kim’s past research on organizational virtuousness, downsizing, effectiveness, corporate quality culture, and the development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 130 academic articles and 15 scholarly books. His current research focuses on virtuousness in and of organizations–such as forgiveness, gratitude, kindness, and compassion–and their relationship to performance


Heliotropic Effect

According to this heliotropic phenomenon, living organisms have a tendency to lean towards positive energy and light and away from darkness. As the sun moves from sunrise to sunset, for example, you can observe flowers and other plants moving toward the direction of the sun, as you see in this cool video.

Positive Prime and the
Heliotropic Effect

Like most other living organisms, humans are innately built to search for not only physical light but also just the very concept of light. Even our language is inundated with “light” metaphors that frame the way we think about concepts like hope, optimism, and overcoming “darkness” or challenges. Just think of it: we frequently mutter phrases like “there’s light at the end of the tunnel” or “you’re the light of my life” or “my mind was illuminated” or “what a bright idea!” or “he’s a shining example” or, even, when we’re about to die, “go towards the light.”

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Other Useful Articles About Heliotropic Effect

The Heliotropic Effect in Leadership and Coaching

New developments in social network analysis are now revealing the ‘positive energisers’ in organisations and conversely the ‘energy drainers’ – who is attracted to who and who avoids who.


Five Keys to Flourishing in Trying Times

In this article I rely on two decades of empirical research on organizations that
have faced difficult economic situations but which have achieved levels of success that
are unexpected and exceptional.


Developing Positive Leadership Practices With Kim Cameron

In this interview, you will hear the how the positive impact of positive energy and relational energy are measurable down to the cellular level. Kim also shares that contribution is more powerful than achievement and he provides examples from the University of Michigan.