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"MY CIRCLES" - Variations on Circle of Change, Scale Question and Exceptions.

Dear Friends.

For my First Discussion in this excelent forum, integrated by important consultants and practitioners, I want to share with us a little technique that I applied in november 2013 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in a training at a various teams of Petrobras, a brazilian oil company.

The circle of change (© 2005, Arnoud Huibers and Coert Visser) is a technique which can help to make meetings about organizational change stimulating and effective, avaliable in:


In my case I mix this technique with the SCALE QUESTION an the EXCEPTION in this steps:

1-I provide a Big Picture content two circles.

2-I ask the team: "Write in a scale of 1 to 10, the number that yoy consider that represent the actual level of achievment of the team. Please, do this one of one, each member have to write a number at the top left an then one below other".

At the end, I sum and obtain a average score of team, and communicate this at team. Note: In my groups the usual number was stay between 7 and 8.

3-Late I say" At now, in the top right, one below other, write what resource you think that we can put in practice in order to obtain the 10 point how a effective team". The team member write a lot of resources, in many cases similars.

4-With the number and resources in mind, I applied and group activity indoor or otdoor, like a "Build a bridge" or "Web spider", in that the team show a better effort to overcome the initial number in the scale.

I all cases, the team get over the number.

5-Created the "exception", which is overcome the perfomance its done, I discuss with the team:  "How we can do this". "How the team can be better"."Whichs resources we can put togheter when we can be a best team". And other stuffs.

The teams: analize, discover, play, have fun, and think over you performance.

The final result: a change really happen only in one day session.


Regars to all.


I attached a example of My Circles, that no have yet name. The text is in spanish, my native language. And a another picture of the practice.





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