"Made my world bigger"
A Working Out Loud circle is a peer support group of 4-5 people in which you ask yourself 3 questions:
What am I trying to do?
Who is related to my goal?
How can I contribute to them to deepen our relationships?
Your circle meets for an hour a week for 12 weeks, and a short, simple guide helps you take small steps each week. By the end, you’ll have developed a larger, more diverse network and a set of habits you can apply toward any goal.
Throughout your Circle. you become more effective because you have access to people, knowledge, and opportunities that can help you. You feel better, too, because your bigger network of meaningful relationships gives you a greater sense of control, competence, and connection. All of that leads to more motivation for your, and to more agility, innovation, and collaboration for your organization.
WOL Circles are now in over 40 countries and a wide range of organizations. Below is a 2-minute video of Circles launching inside a large company, and a 1-minute summary of what happens over 12 weeks.
Note: This material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License. In plain language, that means you can download and share the Circle Guides as long as you credit John Stepper and workingoutloud.com. You can’t change them or offer them as part of any for-fee product or service (e.g., training, consulting, software, etc.).
For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve worked with many organizations to adapt the guides. In some cases, it’s a small change. In others, we customize them completely to include the organization’s goals, examples, and technology so it’s even easier for people to practice at work.
Circle Guides v4.01 (New!)
(Last revision: April 7, 2017. Click to open a PDF. German versions below.)