About Middle Circle®

Invaluable First-Hand Experience

The Middle Circle® tools have been created and developed based on 30-years’ experience of working with teams on their effectiveness and helping organizations develop their talent and individuals manage their careers. We found teams were unsure about how to go about highlighting their strengths and uncertain on how to identify, and what to do, when they had become dysfunctional. Middle Circle® for Teams helps teams achieve both by pinpointing a team’s unique combination of fourteen drivers of team effectiveness and changing team routines to improve results and team performance. We also found that organizations, unable to offer a ‘career for life’, wished to provide a tool to help their people manage their own career. Middle Circle® for Careers enables this through measuring and improving the triple bottom line at work: better results, relationships and reputations.

Tried and Tested

The tools have a research-based core that has driven Middle Circle® from the beginning. Our research allows us to provide powerful, in-depth insights on the drivers of team effectiveness and create effective, actionable plans to change outdated team routines, as well as provide clear guidance on how an individual can progress their career.

Dr. Declan Woods

The Middle Circle® tools were created by Dr. Declan Woods, CEO of ZPD Consulting. Declan founded ZPD, a global leadership consulting company, with the purpose of creating more leadership in organizations. The Middle Circle® tools support this leadership consulting work.

Declan used his deep psychological know-how (as a Registered and Chartered Psychologist), and advanced coaching skills (as an accredited Master Coach), to help create the Middle Circle® tools, putting research, insight creation, habit change and actionability at their core, to help ensure teams and individuals maximise their potential. Declan’s technical expertise is supplemented by a 30 years’ experience and track record as a business leader, Plc. Director and non-executive Director during which he has led teams of all sizes and set up talent management processes and functions for whole organizations.

Declan Woods - ZPD Consulting

What Middle Circle® Clients Say


“Middle Circle® brings real clarity and focus to my work. I can easily see what is needed within a team and measure their progress over time”

Accredited Middle Circle® Practitioner


“Teams are more aware of their behaviours and ways of working, helping me to address any uncomfortable dynamics and make the team more effective.”

Accredited Middle Circle® Practitioner
CM2 Change Management Consultants


“Middle Circle’s diagnostic allows very pivotal conversations to happen by providing a structured dialogue and opportunities for challenge and reflection”

Accredited Middle Circle® Practitioner


“Middle Circle® for Teams, was central to us securing a large client. My work was extended beyond the Leadership team and we achieved a 50% uplift in business

Accredited Middle Circle® Practitioner
CM2 Change Management Consultants


Discussing our Middle Circle® profile and actions was the best conversation we’ve ever had as a leadership team.

Operations Director
Global high street retailer


Your next role needs thought and planning; don’t just hope for a stroke of luck. Middle Circle® is the tool
that will help you think things through in a planned and logical way. It’s sure to deliver results.

Legal Services


The Middle Circle® tool is an effective, pragmatic, action oriented tool to support participants’ career development, progression and networking.

Director of Career Development
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


Using Middle Circle® was the 1st time we’ve felt like a team.

Distribution Company


Middle Circle® has provided rich, insightful feedback that has provoked and inspired a sea change in the way that the team operates.


Finance Director
Top 10 global law firm