Policy to Adopt:
This policy defines a new type of currency for the organization, called "Attention Points" (or AP's for short). Attention Points will ultimately get allocated to a role, to "fund" the role with partner attention. A role allocated 100 Attention Points indicates the ideal attention for that role equals one full-focus partner in total; 200 AP's means the ideal attention is that of two full-focus partners, while 50 means the ideal is half of a full-focus partner's attention.
No partner may dedicate more focus to a role on a sustained, ongoing basis than is called for by the allocated Attention Points. Further, if a partner has more than his/her full-focus worth of role assignments in total, the number of AP's associated with each assignment should be interpreted as a rough relative prioritization for how to split attention across roles; however, any conflicting prioritizations shall overrule this one (e.g. explicit prioritizations given by a relevant Lead Link or other prioritization role/system). For the purpose of these calculations, if a role is multi-filled, the Attention Points allocated to the role are considered to be evenly divided across the role-fillers, unless otherwise specified by whomever assigns people into that role.
Only the Lead Link of the circle adopting this policy may create new Attention Points, and once created they become a resource of the circle, similar to a cash budget. The partner or role that owns/controls Attention Points may allocate them to a role to fund desired attention within the role, or may transfer them to another partner or role to so allocate. Once allocated to a role/circle, Attention Points may be unallocated and reallocated by whatever role/partner allocated them in the first place.
Optional Part (delete if also using the v4.1 Spending Authorization app):
In addition to allocating a specific number of Attention Points to a role, anyone controlling AP's may also allow a role-filler to self-allocate AP's to the role from the funder's budget, within any constraints desired. For example, a Lead Link might specify an allocation of "Whatever is Needed" on a role providing a key support function, and tell the role-filler to self-allocate as many AP's as he/she needs to get enough attention in the role to prevent critical work from dropping (these AP's would still come from the Circle's supply, they would just get allocated by the role-filler based on experience, rather than by the Lead Link based on an intended funding level).