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Course 5

Conscious Organizational Structure

Introducing & Activating Teams into SCM

Introduction to the Sociocratic Circle Method (SCM)

12-week course

This course represents a “spiral” of learning new skills and mindsets within the Conscious Leader Program. It is embedded in a structured learning process over three (3) months which includes these elements:

  • Weekly 80-min live, facilitator-led sessions

  • Structured resources in an online Course Portal and Course Workbook to support learning

  • Structured practice activities with feedback and coaching in group practice sessions

  • Mutual peer coaching

  • A conscious learning community of people learning together and offering mutual support in a multi-level cohort

The Sociocratic Circle Method (SCM) is a decision making and organizational structure that is designed to enhance autonomy, empowerment and inclusion. It is a wonderful and pragmatic example of a governance structure where human needs are valued.

At its core, SCM fundamentally shifts the source of power in organizations from an individual (e.g. the boss or manager) to a circle of people on the same team (including the boss or manager). The circle then empowers its people (again, including the boss or manager) by electing people by consent to needed roles with a domain of responsibility. “The circle decides who decides.”  In terms of making decisions within the circle, SCM defines a new decision-making process, called consent, which requires that the voice of each person in the circle be included as decisions are made within the circle.

At the same time that it shifts the source of power, it maintains the functional hierarchy which enables work to get done. So the group gets its work done as a team on a day-to-day basis, and meets periodically (e.g. every 4- to 8-weeks) as a circle of equals to assess and determine changes in how the work will get done.

This course is designed to not only introduce the core concepts, structures and processes of SCM, but also to provide practical activities to activate the use of SCM within a team or group.

  • Theme 1: ​Intro Concepts, Proposals & Issues

    • The Circle

    • Circles overlay the functional hierarcy

    • Consent Decision Making

    • The SCM Proposal Process

    • Processing Issues within the Circle

  • Theme 2: Defining a Circle's Role, Circle Roles & Elections

    • Creating a Circle Role

    • Understanding core elements of the circle role

      • Circle Domain

      • Circle Aim

    • New Roles for the SCM Circle

      • Circle Meeting Facilitator

      • Circle Log Keeper

    • The SCM Election Process

  • Theme 3: Circle Meetings

    • The Dynamic Circle Process WITHIN a circle

    • Circle Meetings vs. Operational Meetings

    • The SCM Circle Meeting Structure

    • Setting the agenda | Tracking proposals & issues

  • Theme 4: Delegating Authority Part 1: Delegating to a Person

    • Define the role, then elect a person to the role

    • Creating a role for an individual within the circle

  • Theme 5: Delegating Authority Part 2: Delegating to a Sub-Circle

    • Creating a Sub-Circle

    • Creating a Helping Circle

  • Theme 6: Interactions between a circle and its sub-circle

    • Typical SCM Organizational Structure

    • The Circle Representative

    • The Dynamic Circle Process BETWEEN circles

    • Double-Linking between circles


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