"The best personal & group development I have ever done"

"Made my world bigger"

"...Positively and genuinely life-changing..."

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. Here's a 2-minute video of Circles launching inside a large company.

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.) without explicit written permission.

For information on customizing the Circle Guides for your organization, contact me at john.stepper@workingoutloud.com

Circle Guides v4.51 (New!)

(Last update: February 18, 2018. Click to open a PDF. Scroll down for German.)

Getting Started 

Week 1: Attune your attention 

Week 2: Offer your first contributions 

Week 3: Take three small steps 

Week 4: Earn someone else's attention 

Week 5: Make it personal 

Week 6: Improve your visibility 

Week 7: Be purposeful 

Week 8: Make it a habit  

Week 9: Explore more original contributions 

Week 10: Become more systematic

Week 11: Imagine the possibilities

Week 12: Reflect and celebrate 

Circle Leitfaden v4.51 (Neu!)

(Translation in progress. Sections will be added as they are available.)

Erste Schritte

Woche 1: Schärfe deine Aufmerksamkeit

Circle Guides v4.01

(Last revision: April 7, 2017. Click to open a PDF. German versions below.)

Getting Started 

Week 1: Choose a simple goal & list people related to it 

Week 2: Offer your first contributions 

Week 3: Take three small steps 

Week 4: Earn someone's attention 

Week 5: Make it personal 

Week 6: Improve your visibility 

Week 7: Be purposeful 

Week 8: Become more systematic 

Week 9: Explore more original contributions 

Week 10: Make it a habit 

Week 11: Imagine the possibilities

Week 12: Reflect and celebrate 

Circle Leitfaden v4.01

(Last revision: April 7, 2017. German translations generously provided by Katharina Krentz & Monika Struzek.)

Anfangen

Woche 1: Entscheide Dich für ein Ziel & erstelle eine erste Liste von Leuten, die damit in Verbindung stehen

Woche 2: Deine ersten Beiträge

Woche 3: Mache drei kleine Schritte

Woche 4: Errege Aufmerksamkeit

Woche 5: Mache es persönlich

Woche 6: Verbessere Deine Sichtbarkeit

Woche 7: Sei zielgerichtet

Woche 8: Werde systematischer

Woche 9: Entdecke neue eigene und authentische Beiträge

Woche 10: Mache es zur Gewohnheit

Woche 11: Stelle Dir die Möglichkeiten vor

Woche 12: Reflektiere und feiere