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© 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 1
Sociocratic Circle Organization
Bringing cooperation to a higher level
by Pieter van der Meché
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Results
• Higher problem solving capacity
• High commitment to decisions
• Effective meetings
• Selforganization and empowerment
due to improved correctability, tolerance and a learning
attitude
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Leading
Doing
Measuring
Goal realization
needs a secured
circle process
= Agile (iterative)
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Leading
Doing
Measuring
Leading
Doing
Measuring
Leading
Doing
Measuring
Cooperation needs a dynamic
hierachy of semi-autonomous
circle processes = self-
organization
Leading
Doing
Measuring
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It requires that different perspectives …
Joint aim
realization
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… do align to reach the common goal
= distributive leadership/collective intelligence
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Linear decision making does not secure alignment
Leader
Subordinate
Majority
Minority
Autocratic (in disguise) Democatic
+ Fast + Participative
- Lack of commitment - Polarization
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Four Design Rules of the
Sociocratic Circle organization Method (SCM)
1. Consent Principle
2. Circle-Organization
3. Double Linked Hierarchy
4. Open Election
An ‘empty’ method for organization design
8
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A circular hierarchy based on equivalence between levels
Dept 1
Ext. Board
CEO
Dept. 2
Mgr
Mgr
Dept. 3
Mgr
Staff
Mgr
Top Circle
General Circle
Dept.
Circle
Dept.
Circle
Dept.
Circle
Dept.
Circle
Member of GC and DC
Member of TC and GC
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Need for self-organization and better connection
Store J
CEO
Store S
Mgr
Mgr
Store v.B.
Mgr
Staff
Mgr
General Circle
Store
Circle
Support
Circle
Store
Circle
Store
Circle
Member of GC and DC
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Consent principle = no argued paramount
objection, governs decision making
• No consensus
• No veto
• Not without obligation
• No abstinence
• Leaves room for other ways of
decision making
• Common goal
11
Agile workprocess
Policy Making Operations
+
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measurements
Policy
TM
Leadership
TM
TM TM
Domain of team
•(Common goal)
•Workprocesses
•Aim and criteria (policy plan)
•Leading, execute, measurement tasks
•Team members
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Best of both worlds
Lead
Do
Fast for execution
High quality and commitment
for policy
Lead
Measure Do
Consent
13
Tolerance
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An organization is built up of a hierarchy of semi-
autonomous circles = self-organization
Dep. 1
RvC
CEO
Dep. 2
DL
DL
Dep. 3
DL
Dep. 4
DL
Top circle
General circle
Afd. Kring Afd. Kring
Afd.Kring
Afd. Kring
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The solution: the double link, a circular hierarchy
Circle 1
Circle 2
Representative
Leading
Doing
Measuring
Leader
Represents Circle 1
in Circle 2
Represents Circle 2
in Circle 1
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A circular hierarchy based on equivalence between levels
Dept 1
Ext. Board
CEO
Dept. 2
Mgr
Mgr
Dept. 3
Mgr
Staff
Mgr
Top Circle
General Circle
Dept.
Circle
Dept.
Circle
Dept.
Circle
Dept.
Circle
Member of GC and DC
Member of TC and GC
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Open Election
• Delegation of functions and tasks after
open argumentation with consent
• For a limited time period
• Correction possible at any circle meeting
Sociocratic circle meeting
• Place to set policy to achieve a common goal
• Every person working in that circle has acces
to circle meeting
• Decision making with consent
▪ Picture forming
▪ Opinion forming
▪ Decision making
• Moderator and rounds
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Culture/lifestyle
• A learning attitude: correctable
• Both … and thinking: taking an interest
in other viewpoints
• Tension as a source of creativity
• Focus on common aim
• Tolerance: do more with more or less
• Barter instead of stealing
• Differentiate, not seperate
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Implementation process
• Introduction
▪ Develop an Implementation plan
• Implementation
▪ Training circles
• Integration
▪ Training of key roles
• Securing, maintenaince, development
▪ Bylaws
▪ Audits
▪ Sociocratic performance/development review
▪ Sociocratic remuneration schema
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Learnings
• Developing a learning attitude is key
• Training is essential (esp. leadership,
facilitators and delegates)
• Good quality circle meetings are key
• Maintenance needed: measurement
and permanent education
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Questions and Answers
How we can help
• Trainings
• Better meetings: sociocratic decision making and facilitation
• Better teams: working as sociocratic circle
• Better organizations: working as a sociocratic circle organization
• Certification
• Sociocratic Trainer
• Sociocratic Consultant
• Facilitation
• Strategy sessions
• Implementation/Consultancy
• Introduce, integrate and secure
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Next Step:
- Registration for our introductory
course
- Ask for a free consult to discuss
facilitation and implementation in your
context, pvandermeche@sociocratie.nl
or descalon@sociocracy.com
- Subscribe to our free newsletter, see
website
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Online Course
March 23, 30, and April 6
Focus on:
• understanding of foundations of Sociocracy
• Consent decision making and open election
• Circle Structure
- Three sessions of 2 hours where we do
exercises
- Register on www.sociocracy.com
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Cooperation needs alignment
with a circular governance structure
real alignment is possible
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Pieter Van der Meché: Decision making principles that boost commitment, quality and goal achievement

  • 1. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 1 Sociocratic Circle Organization Bringing cooperation to a higher level by Pieter van der Meché
  • 2. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 2 Results • Higher problem solving capacity • High commitment to decisions • Effective meetings • Selforganization and empowerment due to improved correctability, tolerance and a learning attitude
  • 3. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 3 Leading Doing Measuring Goal realization needs a secured circle process = Agile (iterative)
  • 4. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 4 Leading Doing Measuring Leading Doing Measuring Leading Doing Measuring Cooperation needs a dynamic hierachy of semi-autonomous circle processes = self- organization Leading Doing Measuring
  • 5. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 5 It requires that different perspectives … Joint aim realization
  • 6. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 6 … do align to reach the common goal = distributive leadership/collective intelligence
  • 7. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 7 Linear decision making does not secure alignment Leader Subordinate Majority Minority Autocratic (in disguise) Democatic + Fast + Participative - Lack of commitment - Polarization
  • 8. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com Four Design Rules of the Sociocratic Circle organization Method (SCM) 1. Consent Principle 2. Circle-Organization 3. Double Linked Hierarchy 4. Open Election An ‘empty’ method for organization design 8
  • 9. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 9 A circular hierarchy based on equivalence between levels Dept 1 Ext. Board CEO Dept. 2 Mgr Mgr Dept. 3 Mgr Staff Mgr Top Circle General Circle Dept. Circle Dept. Circle Dept. Circle Dept. Circle Member of GC and DC Member of TC and GC
  • 10. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 10 Need for self-organization and better connection Store J CEO Store S Mgr Mgr Store v.B. Mgr Staff Mgr General Circle Store Circle Support Circle Store Circle Store Circle Member of GC and DC
  • 11. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com Consent principle = no argued paramount objection, governs decision making • No consensus • No veto • Not without obligation • No abstinence • Leaves room for other ways of decision making • Common goal 11
  • 12. Agile workprocess Policy Making Operations + © 2020 SCN - www.sociocratie.nl measurements Policy TM Leadership TM TM TM Domain of team •(Common goal) •Workprocesses •Aim and criteria (policy plan) •Leading, execute, measurement tasks •Team members
  • 13. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com Best of both worlds Lead Do Fast for execution High quality and commitment for policy Lead Measure Do Consent 13 Tolerance
  • 14. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 14 An organization is built up of a hierarchy of semi- autonomous circles = self-organization Dep. 1 RvC CEO Dep. 2 DL DL Dep. 3 DL Dep. 4 DL Top circle General circle Afd. Kring Afd. Kring Afd.Kring Afd. Kring
  • 15. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 15 The solution: the double link, a circular hierarchy Circle 1 Circle 2 Representative Leading Doing Measuring Leader Represents Circle 1 in Circle 2 Represents Circle 2 in Circle 1
  • 16. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 16 A circular hierarchy based on equivalence between levels Dept 1 Ext. Board CEO Dept. 2 Mgr Mgr Dept. 3 Mgr Staff Mgr Top Circle General Circle Dept. Circle Dept. Circle Dept. Circle Dept. Circle Member of GC and DC Member of TC and GC
  • 17. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 17 Open Election • Delegation of functions and tasks after open argumentation with consent • For a limited time period • Correction possible at any circle meeting
  • 18. Sociocratic circle meeting • Place to set policy to achieve a common goal • Every person working in that circle has acces to circle meeting • Decision making with consent ▪ Picture forming ▪ Opinion forming ▪ Decision making • Moderator and rounds © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 18
  • 19. Culture/lifestyle • A learning attitude: correctable • Both … and thinking: taking an interest in other viewpoints • Tension as a source of creativity • Focus on common aim • Tolerance: do more with more or less • Barter instead of stealing • Differentiate, not seperate © 2020 SCN - www.sociocratie.nl
  • 20. Implementation process • Introduction ▪ Develop an Implementation plan • Implementation ▪ Training circles • Integration ▪ Training of key roles • Securing, maintenaince, development ▪ Bylaws ▪ Audits ▪ Sociocratic performance/development review ▪ Sociocratic remuneration schema © 2020 SCN - www.sociocratie.nl
  • 21. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 21 Learnings • Developing a learning attitude is key • Training is essential (esp. leadership, facilitators and delegates) • Good quality circle meetings are key • Maintenance needed: measurement and permanent education
  • 22. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 22 Questions and Answers
  • 23. How we can help • Trainings • Better meetings: sociocratic decision making and facilitation • Better teams: working as sociocratic circle • Better organizations: working as a sociocratic circle organization • Certification • Sociocratic Trainer • Sociocratic Consultant • Facilitation • Strategy sessions • Implementation/Consultancy • Introduce, integrate and secure © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 23
  • 24. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 24 Next Step: - Registration for our introductory course - Ask for a free consult to discuss facilitation and implementation in your context, pvandermeche@sociocratie.nl or descalon@sociocracy.com - Subscribe to our free newsletter, see website
  • 25. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 25 Online Course March 23, 30, and April 6 Focus on: • understanding of foundations of Sociocracy • Consent decision making and open election • Circle Structure - Three sessions of 2 hours where we do exercises - Register on www.sociocracy.com
  • 26. © 2020 The Sociocracy Group - www.sociocracy.com 26 Cooperation needs alignment with a circular governance structure real alignment is possible www.sociocracy.com