Book Discussion: “The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair” (Part 2)

Date(s) - 03/09/2016
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Lubar S341


Dylan Barth

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Facilitators: Jude Rathburn, Lubar School of Business, and Dylan Barth, CETL

Are you looking for a better way to facilitate small group projects in your classes? Would you like to develop a greater sense of trust and ownership in your class discussions? If so, please join us for a four-part discussion of Baldwin and Linnea’s The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair (2010). Here is a brief description:

“Collaboration and group cohesion are vital to any healthy enterprise. In collaborative environments, good ideas can come from everywhere. Today’s thoughtful leaders support interpersonal experiences that ensure clear speaking, open-minded listening, and well-grounded decision making. Reintroducing our most ancient social process, the circle, welcomes everyone to equal participation. Here, two international leaders of circle as a modern methodology offer a comprehensive guide to this foundational human interaction. The Circle Way lays out the basics of circle conversation based on the authors’ nearly two decades of experience implementing circle practice in organizations. Through illustrative stories that show the circle in action and delve into its deepest aspects, Baldwin and Linnea provide detailed instructions for getting started, setting intention, and resolving conflicts. Their work illuminates the profound impact of circle on people who participate in it.”—The Circle Way (back cover)

Faculty, academic staff, and graduate teaching assistants are invited to join the discussion. We will use the circle process recommended in the book to structure our discussions and make time to share ideas about how we might use circle process in our work with students. All registered participants will receive a free copy of the book in advance of the first session. Sessions will take place from 3:00-4:30pm on two Wednesdays (February 24 and March 9) in Lubar S341. Registering for the first session registers you for the remaining sessions. To register, visit:

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