A “dot” is a person/employee with a very limited awareness capacity.
A “circle” is a person/employee who is fully aware of his or her working environment, and covers more ground within their scope of awareness.
During a road trip to Los Angeles I witnessed a “dot” in action. I stopped at a nationally known coffee house for a cup of joe. Instead of going through the drive-thru I decided to stretch out my legs a little, so I went inside. As I walked across the parking lot I noticed an employee sitting outside perhaps on his fifteen-minute break. Next to him I noticed two garbage cans filled beyond capacity, overflowing with garbage. The area around him was littered with trash. It was so bad I had to step around, and over some of the garbage to get into the store. I almost said something to the young man about the litter around him but I kept it to myself, only to see what he would do. I wanted to see what type of employee he was; a dot or circle. Was he really aware of his surroundings. After I purchased my drink I sat down keeping a watchful eye to see how he would respond to his environment. After his break he got up, and went behind the counter to assist the customers waiting in line, which is commendable and perhaps company protocol, which probably states something like, “After your break you must go back to work.” On my way out the door I made a comment about the garbage overflowing outside and continued on my journey. My point about this story is simple; the employee was totally unaware to the garbage scattered all around him or was he? I thought to myself, “Now there’s a dot!” Someone who does only what is required in his job description, instead of going above and beyond the call of duty.
A Bourne Example
A great example of a circle is found in the movie Bourne Identity starring actor Matt Damon, who plays CIA Agent Jason Bourne. Jason Bourne is very much aware of his surroundings since he was trained to “think and act” like a circle during his initial training as a CIA agent. There is a part in this movie where he is sitting in a restaurant with his gypsy female counterpart trying to make sense of his life, after a lapse of memory during a secret mission. At the restaurant he is somewhat confused and does not seem to remember who he is at the moment, somehow he is extremely aware of his surroundings. For some reason he seemed to know:
The license numbers of all six cars parked outside the café.
The waitress is left handed.
The guy sitting at the counter weighs 215 lbs. and knows how to handle himself.
The a gun may exist in the cab of the grey truck parked car outside the restaurant.
And, that he could run for so many miles in the high, cold altitude before his hands started to shake.