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The Secret to Compelling Company Culture: Prioritize People & Create Community

By Samantha Holland

In the wake of both the great resignation and massive layoffs–and with recession looming– organizational culture matters. When the stakes are high, what elements contribute to a compelling company culture? We asked learning and development leaders how they connect and grow their employees and enhance company culture, all while navigating a global workforce. They all […]

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Fighting for Females in Finance

By Samantha Holland

“I discovered that the people in my GenderSmart circle are just like me, in one way or another. We’re all trying to make the world fair and equitable, just in different ways.” Bibi Gertrude Annoh Quarshie, Director of Operations, African Women’s Development Fund Financial systems engage with and benefit men and women differently– particularly women […]

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What my Houseplant Taught me About Resilience

By Samantha Holland

There’s been a lot of buzz about resilience as an essential quality during setbacks. When the topic came up in a slack channel recently, one colleague shared that they recently stopped using the word altogether: in their experience, expecting resilience invalidates pain and lived experience by suggesting that people simply persevere. Indeed, the internet defines […]

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How to Support Your Teams During Tough Times

By Samantha Holland

Amidst slashed budgets and tightened purse strings, Learning & Development and onboarding professionals search for ways to continue supporting and developing their teams. Now more than ever, modern workplace teams–local, hybrid and distributed–need innovative ways to connect and grow so they can effectively collaborate.  That’s why over the past six years, we’ve built a company […]

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What’s up at Circl.es? CEO Update

By Dan Hoffman

Over the years, we’ve delivered authentic human connection for circles of school kids, grown-ups, faith-based communities, micro-entrepreneurs, climate activists, universities, medical teams and more. We’ve built a system and technology to support them, with many applications. Now, we’re focused on simplifying our business model in order to create a sustainable company that can fulfill our […]

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Become a Better Listener: a Four Step Guide

By Samantha Holland

My name means “listener” in Hebrew, and I like to think I’m good at it; in fact, I once confidently named a podcast I hosted Listener. But occasionally my own husband hints that I’m not listening well, and I think I know what he means. Curious might describe me better than Listener –I’m interested enough […]

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Transforming Organizational Culture

By Samantha Holland

Remote Sales Manager: Jasmine Cumberland “Circles helps me build bonds and network with my colleagues, while showing my leadership capabilities. When JumpCrew needed a sales manager, I didn’t even apply–they came and offered me the job.” In March 2021, Jasmine Cumberland started at JumpCrew as a fully-remote Sales Representative. To expand her relationships, she signed […]

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Six Ways to Improve Employee Engagement

By Samantha Holland

Just when it seemed the great resignation was in the rearview mirror, quiet quitting swooped in to dominate corporate headlines. Hybrid workspaces are here to stay and bring their own set of challenges, like employee loneliness and lack of connection. All this to say, talent retention and employee engagement remain top-of-mind for HR leaders, maybe […]

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What does diversity, equity and inclusion look like for a globally distributed team of 25 employees, currently serving a predominately U.S. customer base?

By Samantha Holland

Our Journey At Circles, our customers confirm: we augment company culture by designing inclusive spaces for people to connect and grow. Customers frequently describe our platform and programs as inclusive. Yet when we forged a recent partnership with Glassdoor, they asked to see our company DE&I statement–and we realized we had merely conceptualized one. We […]

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Women & Inclusion: More Than a Metric

By Samantha Holland

It used to be difficult to find a gathering of women in senior leadership, but not anymore. The dramatic rise of organizations like Chief illustrates the opportunity to establish affinity spaces for women in the workplace. Over the past few months, we’ve hosted sessions for women in leadership to discuss the hot topic ‘Inclusivity in […]

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In a world of physical distance, circles facilitate authentic human connection.

In a circle, 3-12 participants contribute equally, share openly, and push each other to act.

We spent years with academics and practitioners, honing best practices and building a technology platform. Our circles have helped scale peer learning, sustain manager and leadership development, move live training online, onboard new employees, support career development, teach collaboration, and build community.

We’ve been grateful for the support and the referrals from our large corporate partners, schools, and communities who have been hiring us to help design, facilitate and manage Circles programs.

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