S2: Designing circle structures

Nested circles help distribute tasks and authority with intention and clarity. If you know how to turn the different operations into circles, you can help them operate autonomously and therefore smoothly and with ease.


Skill description designing a 3-layered circle structure with clear nested aims and domains and the relevant circles
How to acquire skill self-study; workshop; practice in real life; MVOS chapter 2.5
Show skill writing two organizational charts of more than 5 circles and 3 layers, of any organization
Measurement Peer group (ALC) assesses based on checklist below
  • Chart includes
    • 3 layers, 5 circles
    • General circle
    • Clarity on linking
    • MC (or explanation of where that function is held)
    • All relevant stakeholders
  • Is power distributed out of the GC as much as possible?
  • Is the size of the GC manageable? 
  • No diagonal links?
  • A circle is called a circle in part because it uses the circular process of lead-do-measure (feedback). What are some of the key feedback loops in the circle’s operations?
  • Are aims and domains specific and do they nest well? 
  • Can all circles achieve their aim without approval from outside of the circle?
Submit work (Academy students only)

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