Emily Gillies, a baseball coach and recent learner of the Circle Way, saw an opportunity to teach more than balls and strikes to the boys and girls she coached …
Calling the players to join me at the pitcher’s mound, we established our impromptu center by putting our gloves in the middle.
NOTE: As the leader of a non-profit research institute and innovation lab we used CIRCLE PROCESS as one of our means to instill connection throughout our organization.
Emily continued …
Realizing the opportunity for team-building, and wanting to acknowledge the “elephant” of being a losing team, I firmly believed we should start with a circle conversation and not the usual coach-led explanation of rules and game-play procedures.
From Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea of PeerSpirit …
The CIRCLE is an ancient form of meeting that has gathered human beings into respectful conversation for thousands of years. What transforms a meeting into a circle is the willingness of people to shift from informal socializing or opinionated discussion into a receptive attitude of thoughtful speaking and deep listening.
Emily shared further …
As a coach whose motto is not “play to win” but rather, “play to learn,” I believe there are many accomplishments to celebrate as our time together comes to a close.
To read more of Emily and her team’s journey of caring and learning and growing and maturing see her post on the Circle Way website:
Be it a non-profit research institute and innovation laboratory, a youth sports team, a hospital, or any other organization … the principles of CIRCLE instilled and honored will …
- achieve greater mutual understanding
- develop a spirit of cooperation and collaborative skills
- work through differences, difficult issues, painful experiences
- make decisions together, building consensus
- repair, heal, and build relationships and a sense of community
- develop agreements that bring resolution and closure
- plan for the future
… and better position individual, team & organization for the deepest meaning of success.