Circle of Influence
What is the Circle of Influence card?
Focus your energy and attention where it counts.
Highlight the things that you can influence. As you focus on things within your Circle of Influence, it will expand.
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Dr Stephen R. Covey
How to use the Circle of Influence card
1. Draw three concentric circles and label them from the outside: Concern, Influence, Control.
Circle of Concern – a range of worries that we cannot yet do anything about
Circle of Influence – the worries we can directly or indirectly do something about
Circle of Control – the worries we can directly do something about
2. Decide on the topic you’d like to focus on and write it at the top of the circles.
3. Ask the group to write all their areas of concern. Group the areas using Theme Sort.
For example: designers are feeling isolated; an unclear design vision; inconsistent user interface; stakeholders not involved.
4. Discuss each area of concern and consider:
Can we influence this? If so, move it to Influence.
Do we control this? If so, move it to Control.
5. Blind Vote to choose an area of focus. It’s better to start small, so change is more likely to happen.