Some organizations decide to create a new outer circle, or "Anchor Circle".    HolacracyOne is a good example of that.  You can see our organization chart here.  Our outer circle is called the "Board Circle".  Inside that is the "General Company Circle", and inside that are all the other circles.   If your company has a similar need, and you would like to add a new outer circle, you can follow the steps below.

  • Here is an example of what an organization's starting point might look like:

  • Since there's no way to directly create a new anchor circle, what you will do instead is create a new GCC circle, move all existing roles and policies into that circle, and then rename the outermost circle.
  • To do this, first open a Governance Meeting in the outermost circle (here called the GCC).  From there, you will create a new circle, your new GCC.  "General Company Circle" is one of the standard names for it, but of course you can name it anything you want.  (If you need instructions on how to create a circle, you can click here.)

  • In the proposal for making the new circle, when you click the "Make this role a circle" option, a set of checkboxes will appear.  You can use these to move all of your current policies and roles into your new circle.  Go ahead and check all of these using "Select All" and accept the proposal.

  • Here are the results of the above steps:

  • You will notice that the new GCC will need to be given a Lead Link and will need to elect a new Facilitator, Secretary, etc.

  • You will also notice that the outer circle needs a new name after this change.  This is done outside of the Governance meeting, by the circle's Secretary or by a GlassFrog Admin.  If someone in one of those roles goes to the circle page of the outermost circle, they will see a Gear Icon after the circle name.

  • Clicking this Gear Icon will allow you to change the outermost circle's Name and Short Name (which is the name that is displayed on the Org chart).

  • Here's what the final results look like: