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Circles of Influence

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A workshop to review team priorities and made choices about what to focus on individually and collectively. The workshop challenges members to reflect on where they can have the most impact and influence. Use this workshop to refine priorities and empower ownership among team members.

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Review team priorities and made choices about what to focus on individually and collectively


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  • Markers
  • Post-its (various colors)
  • Flipchart / Whiteboard


Step 1:

Draw up Covey's circles on a whiteboard or flipchart. Make sure that everyone in the group understands the basic theory and how you're going to use it in this workshop.

Give everyone post-its and a marker and ask them to write down:

  • Things that affect this team, in a meaningful way, both internal and external

Things can be defined broadly here – members can include whatever feels relevant. One thing per post-it note. And as many as they can think of in 5-10 minutes.

Step 2:

Now ask the group to place the post-its onto the circles, one-by-one, deciding whether each thing is in the circle of influence or the circle of concern.

The rest of the group can pitch in with opinions and support at this point. It should be a collaborative effort.

Cluster any that are the same or similar. Remove duplicates.

Step 3:

Now initiate a discussion. Invite the group to reflect on an discuss the following questions:

  • What observations or impressions do I/we have when looking at our circles of influence?
  • What actions could I/we take to affect those things I/we CAN influence?
  • How should I/we relate to those things in our circe of concern that we have little or no influence over?
  • How might I/we reevaluate my/our priorities based on this reflection?

Capture any actions that come out of this discussion in a separate spot on the wall. Each action should be clearly defined with a deadline and a person responsible.


Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Source: Hyper Island toolbox

Hyper Island designs learning experiences that challenge companies and individuals to grow and stay competitive in an increasingly digitized world. With clients such as Google, adidas and IKEA, Hyper Island has been listed by CNN as one of the most innovative schools in the world

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  • Really I appreciated the effort you made to share the knowledge. Thank you! https://blog.mindvalley.com/circle-of-influence/

    about 1 year ago