The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair

The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair

by Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1605092568

ISBN-13: 9781605092560

Pub. Date: 03/12/2010

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

All modern group processes that are open to collaboration or to flattening the hierarchy are based in some way on circle practices. As organizations of all kinds move increasingly toward shared and rotating leadership, they are calling on the circle model to form sustainable teams and adopt circle-driven group processes such as World Café, Open

Overview

All modern group processes that are open to collaboration or to flattening the hierarchy are based in some way on circle practices. As organizations of all kinds move increasingly toward shared and rotating leadership, they are calling on the circle model to form sustainable teams and adopt circle-driven group processes such as World Café, Open Space, and Art of Hosting. Meetings in the round have become the preferred tool for moving individual commitment into group action.

This book lays out the structure of circle conversation, based on the original work of the co-authors who have studied and standardized the essential elements that constitute circle practice. It takes readers through a circle visual (the Components of Circle) and presents both structure and story so that readers understand how these elements come into play and how they interrelate and interact.  It also embeds circle process experience in stories and examples drawing on the authors’ 15 years of experience as global thought leaders and originators of this form, and it presents detailed instructions and suggestions for getting started, setting goals, and solving conflicts.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605092560
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/12/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
286,147
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword When Did We Forget This? Margaret J. Wheatley ix

Preface The Origin of the PeerSpirit Circle Process xiii

Part I The Circle Way 1

Chapter 1 Where Circle Comes From and Where It Can Take Us 3

Chapter 2 The Components of Circle 15

Part II Circles at Work in the World 35

Chapter 3 The Power of Preparation, Invitation, Intention, and Center 37

Chapter 4 Rotating Positions of Leadership in the Circle 49

Chapter 5 Accountability Through Agreements, Practices, and Principles 65

Chapter 6 Circle, Step by Step 81

Part III The Art of Presence in Circle 93

Chapter 7 Story as Core Communication 95

Chapter 8 Activating and Responding in a Social Container 107

Chapter 9 Why Circle Takes Us to the Shadow 127

Chapter 10 Circle as Support for Collective Healing 143

Part IV Circle as Paradigm Shift 161

Chapter 11 Organizational Experiments in Circle Governance 163

Chapter 12 Circle as a Way of Life 183

Afterword Circle in the Heart of Stone Christina Baldwin 197

Glossary 199

Notes 203

Bibliography and Resources 205

Acknowledgments 208

About the Authors 210

Index 213

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