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Posted in GlassFrogBy Joris • 02/29/2016

'Exclude from meetings' authority

In Glassfrog there is an 'exclude from meetings' option. Is there any role that has the authority to tick this box by default?

The Lead Link has this option in Glassfrog, but accourding to the constitution every circle member is invited unless a policy says otherwise.

2 Replies
Jean-Michel Gode

Hi Joris,

The Lead Link may exclude some role holders from the core circle members, regarding their effective contribution of the role to the purpose of the circle (little role with very minor contribution, around 5% of time needed for enacting the role).

See constitution (de minimis rule):
Sometimes, a Partner allocates only a very minor, nearly insignificant
amount of attention to a Defined Role in a Circle. If the Circle ’s Lead
Link reasonably believes this is the case, the Lead Link may exclude that
Partner from serving as a Core Circle Member as a result of that Role


Hope that helps,


What Jean-Michel says is one possibility, there is another one.


If multiple Partners are assigned to the same Defined Role in a Circle, the Circle may enact a Policy that limits how many of them are Core Circle Members as a result of that Role assignment. However, the Policy must allow at least one of the Partners filling the Role to represent it as a Core Circle Member, and must specify how that representative will be determined.

In addition, any Partners representing the Role have the duty to consider and process Tensions conveyed by the excluded Partners, exactly as a
Rep Link would were the Role a Sub-Circle, unless the Policy defines an alternate pathway for the excluded Partners to process Tensions related to that Role.

In this case, you need to create a policy in governance and then the Lead Link can “exclude from meetings” all the persons assigned to the role except the representative(s).