Welcome to the Strong Circles Year 2 Microsite, where you can access all of the resources references in Strong Circles Year 2.


Please note: Unless noted as “in-session,” the resources highlighted here are for optional further learning at your individual discretion, not required components of the Strong Circles program. All articles and videos should be available for free via the links accompanying them. Harvard Business Review (HBR) allows one free article per month, so there is no more than one article from HBR per session. Books are available to purchase for interested participants. 

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Session A: Leading Through Constraints

Session B: Leading Positive Meetings

Fire Up Your Meetings

Robert Quinn,

via Michigan Ross Thought in Action series

10 Effective Ways to Conduct a Positive Meeting

Blog Post by Brier Cook

5 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Positive

Blog Post by Michelle McQuaid

Ingrid Bens

4th Edition, spiral-bound

Session C: Collaborating Across Silos

Making Silos Work For Your Organization

Blog post by Herman Vantrappen and Frederic Wirtz
Harvard Business Review

Session D: Sustaining Shared Purpose

Bob Quinn, "Quick Tip: Get to a Higher Purpose"

“Ross Thought in Action” feature Article
Posted on July 1, 2014, Michigan Ross

Session 1: Highlight Reel

How To Do Walking Meetings Right

Russell Clayton, Christopher Thomas, and Jack Smothers in the Harvard Business Review, August 5, 2015

The Energy Audit Exercise (exercise starts on page 17)

Created by Gretchen M. Spreitzer and Traci Grant, as described in their article “Helping Students Manage Their Energy: Taking Their Pulse with the Energy Audit” in the Journal of Management Education, April 2012

Session 2: Positive Conditions

In-Session Video

How To Find Your Sense of Purpose at Work

Leah Weiss, co-founder of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, for TEDx, June 1, 2018

Jobs, Careers, and Callings: People's Relations to Their Work

Amy Wrzesniewski, Clark McCauley, Paul Rozin, and Barry Shwartz in the Journal of Research in Personality, March 1997

Finding Meaning at Work: How We Shape and Think About Our Jobs

Featuring Amy Wrzesniewski for NPR’s Hidden Brain, September 12, 2019

Session 3: Personal Thriving

Monica Worline and Jane Dutton, published February 20, 2017

8 Ways Managers Can Support Employee's Mental Health

Kelly Greenwood and Natasha Krol in the Harvard Business Review, August 7, 2020

Session 4: Unit 1 Capstone

Happiness at Work Quiz

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California-Berkeley

Healthy Workplaces: A Model for Action

Published by the World Health Organization, 2010

Dignity is the Bedrock for Workplace Belonging

Aida Mariam Davis in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, April 26, 2021

Session 5: Change Resistance

Peter Senge,

revised edition published March 21, 2006

Ten Reasons People Resist Change

Rosabeth Moss Kanter for the Harvard Business Review, September 25, 2012

Session 6: Intrapreneurship

How to Unlock Positive Change Throughout Your Entire Organization

Chris White and Gerald (Jerry) Davis for Chief Executive, July 2, 2015

What Kind of Changemaker Are You?

Quiz by The Story of Stuff Project

Session 7: Enabling Intrapreneurship

In-Session Article: Can You Create Change From the Bottom Up?

Michelle McQuaid, in partnership with the Positive Business Conference at the Michigan Ross School of Business.

Overcome Barriers to Organizational Change

Toolkit by Dana Henry for the UMass Donohue Institute, April 8, 2021

Organizational Change Management: What It Is and Why It's Important

Tim Stobierski for Harvard Business School Online, January 21, 2020

Unblocking Organizations: How to Create Change as Leaders

Chris White in Forbes, April 6, 2021

Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

Session 8: Unit 2 Capstone

How Organizational Change Disrupts Our Sense of Self

Hal Gregersen and Roger Lehman in the MIT Sloan Management Review, May 4, 2021

10 Ways to Cope with Big Changes

Stephanie A. Sarkis in Psychology Today, January 19, 2017

Session 9: Strengths Spotting

Tom Rath and Barry Conchie from Gallup, January 1, 2008

Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Others with Strengths-Spotting

Published to VIACharacter, May 16, 2019

VIA Character Strengths Survey

From the VIA Institute on Character

Session 10: Giving and Receiving Feedback

The Feedback Fallacy

Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall for the Harvard Business Review, March/April 2019

How to Love Criticism

WorkLife with Adam Grant Podcast

Session 11: Leading With Your Best Self

Latest Research Says Praising Employees Boosts Productivity After All

Christopher B. Nelson for Forbes, November 1, 2015

Social Identity Wheel

By Inclusive Teaching at the University of Michigan

Session 12: Unit 3 Capstone

In-Session Video

13 Most Popular Gratitude Exercises and Activities

Mike Oppland in PositivePsychology.com, July 2, 2021

How Gratitude Can Transform Your Workplace

Kira M. Newman in Greater Good Magazine (University of California-Berkeley), September 6, 2017