Do you know exceptional business leaders who make a positive difference at work—who use positive business practices to enhance the well-being of individuals and produce extraordinary business results?
Today, meet five of them! Their awards were announced last night at the Positive Business Conference at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. View their short videos. Which is your favorite? (Spoiler alert: Don’t scroll down too quickly! At the end of this column, I reveal the grand prize winner.)
This week, we’ve considered several positive business topics: the principle of celebrating what’s right with the world, visioning, seeing your work as a calling, and open book finance. Today, we celebrate the award winners.
The awards are part of the Positive Business Project, which “aims to identify, profile, and showcase exceptional business leaders that make a positive difference in their work.” Each applicant prepared and submitted a 2-3 minute video highlighting positive business practices in the workplace. An independent panel of judges picked the winners with three criteria in mind: (1) The extent to which the video illustrates positive business practices, (2) originality and creativity, and (3) overall workplace impact.
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC
How the California utility responded to a fatal gas line explosion and improved its safety culture.
How this United Arab Emirates-based company responded to the 2008 financial crisis and achieved extraordinary results through an extensive employee engagement initiate that produced a long-lasting positive business culture. UAE is in the remittance and currency business.
Highlights of the positive culture at one of the “largest organizations for young people and social change.”
CITY OF BALLART
How the administrative organization of this Australian municipality transformed itself into a positive business culture.
How this nonprofit used “practical tools and compassionate leadership to create a caring, innovative, and resilient culture.” HopeLab’s mission is to “harness the power and appeal of technology to improve human health and well-being.”
Which video is your favorite?
What leader or company would you nominate next year?
AND THE WINNER IS …
This year’s grand prize winner of the Positive Business Awards is—UAE Exchange!