The Circle of Impact: The leadership of organizations is becoming more personal and social. The Circle of Impact is a model that provides a platform for expanding leadership impact through a focus on the initiative that each person can take to make a difference, and to see the company as whole, through shared values and purpose. The Circle of Impact is a practical guide to transforming an organization stuck in outdated models of operation and leadership into a vital, adaptive company of leaders. Ed brings a practical and inspiring message of hope for the future of organizations.
Values: The Driver of Purpose and Trust in Organizations: In many organizations, fear is the driver of the culture. Ed demonstrates how a culture of values drives out fear, clarifies organizational purpose, and, focus the whole of the organizational community on what is needed to make a difference that matters. The key to letting culture of values become the driver of purpose and trust is to make sure that values don’t remain just ideas, but become the practical guides for building a company of impact.
The ROI Triangle: Traditionally, a company’s Return on Investment is a measure that is limited to a company’s financial health. The Circle of Impact, a leadership model developed by, provides an addition way to measure the health of a company. By measuring a company’s Return on Initiative and Return on Impact, we can see beyond the numbers to the change that occurs in the creation and delivery of products and services. Ed shares this fresh, compelling view of measuring leadership by evaluating a company’s impact in order to bring hope and direction for the future of organizations.
and thought leader who uses his expertise to improve the functioning of your organization resulting in increased profitability and employee productivity.
and its Chief Initiator in inspiring leaders and their organization to implement this proven method in transforming the outcomes of both organizations and individuals.
who creates a culture of values that builds trust and personal initiative.
Ed brings an enlightening perspective to your organization as he focuses on collaborating with your team and facilitating unprecedented results.
Creator of the Circle of Impact Leadership Model, leadership speaker, master storyteller, change-agent and thought leader, Dr. Ed Brenegar has dedicated the last three decades to being a leader for leaders.
A dynamic thinker and motivator, Ed inspires people to take personal initiative to create leadership impact. He shows how to strategically expand the leadership impact of organizations through his Circle of Impact Leadership Model.
With a wide experience in leading and consulting with organizations, Ed understands how we are in many ways in transition, requiring new tools for decision-making, problem solving, planning, collaboration and evaluation to meet the challenges of sustainable profitability and productivity.
With a doctoral degree in Leadership and Ethics, Ed has thought deeply and practically about the nature of leadership in organizations today. His fresh perspective, formalized in the Circle of Impact provides executive leaders a means to see the whole of their organization in a time of change.
ROI is a concept for measuring value. Traditionally it has been a cost-benefit measurement. If I invest funds in this event, this product, this person will it return a value equivalent or greater to its cost. The challenge of measuring a “return on investment” is that it breeds a kind of skepticism that without additional forms of measures ends up as a means of resisting all those endeavors that have promise, but no certainty. Used alone, it is the ideal measure for the risk averse individual.
The Circle of Impact Leadership Model provides two additional ROIs that can help broaden the measuring stick of a company.
The first ROI is the measurement of a “Return on Initiative.”
This measurement requires a culture of initiative where individuals are encouraged to solve problems, innovate improvements in operational processes and to increase collaborative endeavors. The measure is determined by asking “When a person takes initiative what changes? What do we learn that helps us improve?”
This ROI connects to the one on investment as it can demonstrate the value of investing in the development of the leadership potential of people.
The second ROI is the measurement of a “Return on Impact.”
Impact is a measure of change. An investment in a new product line or the expansion of the company through an acquisition carries with it an expectation of change. When a ROI of Impact measurement is designed, we look beyond financial figures to see what changes. The Circle of Impact’s three dimensions of leadership (Ideas, Relationships and Structure) provide a baseline of expectation. We then ask, what is the impact or change upon our perception of value or purpose that results from this program or product launch. How has this event or service change impact our relationships with customers? In what ways did we have to change our operational structure to take advantage of the opportunities that came with this investment. If you decide that all your business activity is to produce change, you should then be able to determine a more comprehensive value of that which you are measuring.
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