The Circle Way

The Circle Way

A Leader in Every Chair

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The authors are cofounders of PeerSpirit Inc., an educational company that teaches circle practice, an ancient form of group process based on equal participation and collaboration. Here, they reintroduce the circle as a method for supporting decision making in all types of organizations. They offer a step-by-step description of a circle meeting, integrating concepts from Jungian psychology, spiritual traditions such as Buddhism and Native America spirituality, and concepts from verbal and nonverbal communication. Details on preparation include ways of setting intention, the importance of visual representations of shared purpose, and rotating positions of leadership. Discussion encompasses the circle as a container for communicating stories representing core values and mission, and dealing with shadow processes. Examples of the circle in action are provided from local government, health care and education. Specific cases of the circle as support for collective healing include healing issues of race and gender in a Southern city, and healing lives amid violence in Zimbabwe. The book includes a few b&w photos and illustrations and a glossary. There is no subject index. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Collaboration and group cohesion are vital to any healthy enterprise. In collaborative environments, good ideas can come from everywhere. Today’s thoughtful leaders support interpersonal experiences that ensure clear speaking, open-minded listening, and well-grounded decision making. Reintroducing our most ancient social process, the circle, welcomes everyone to equal participation. Here, two international leaders of circle as a modern methodology offer a comprehensive guide to this foundational human interaction.

The Circle Way lays out the basics of circle conversation based on the authors’ nearly two decades of experience implementing circle practice in organizations. Through illustrative stories that show the circle in action and delve into its deepest aspects, Baldwin and Linnea provide detailed instructions for getting started, setting intention, and resolving conflicts. Their work illuminates the profound impact of circle on people who participate in it.

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Collaboration and group cohesion are vital to any healthy enterprise. In collaborative environments, good ideas can come from everywhere. Today’s thoughtful leaders support interpersonal experiences that ensure clear speaking, open-minded listening, and well-grounded decision making. Reintroducing our most ancient social process, the circle, welcomes everyone to equal participation. Here, two international leaders of circle as a modern methodology offer a comprehensive guide to this foundational human interaction.

The Circle Way lays out the basics of circle conversation based on the authors’ nearly two decades of experience implementing circle practice in organizations. Through illustrative stories that show the circle in action and delve into its deepest aspects, Baldwin and Linnea provide detailed instructions for getting started, setting intention, and resolving conflicts. Their work illuminates the profound impact of circle on people who participate in it.



Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010
Description: xviii, 218 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781605092560
Branch Call Number: 302.34 Bal
Additional Contributors: Linnea, Ann, 1949-

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