Power in Peer Groups

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”
~ Steve Jobs

For many years now, peer groups have been a great resource for businesses in all industries to share ideas and improve growth and profits. Often, getting a group of people together to discuss business issues and ideas might be challenging due to various schedules and conflicts. Remember to always include these few simple tactics in your next peer session to help things move along in an effective manner.

~ Setting ground rules. Understand that Peer Groups are meant to be a place where ideas are flowing and beliefs are shared among members. Create ground rules so members understand that this group is a learning environment and not one of judgment or fear.

~ Finding the answers is a process and may take time. Hearing new ideas and considering changes to improve methods and processes within your business or organization are the main reasons for Peer Groups. Think of your Peer Group as a road you should take to find the answers or success.

~ A written agenda with questions will help engage your group. It’s important to include questions that require a thoughtful response. Get your team members thinking about an issue or obstacle with open-ended questions instead of “yes” or “no” responses.

What has been proven time and again in business models is that we all learn best when we listen more and speak less. Applying new ideas and innovations keeps peers involved and productive.

Kelly D. Scott
Vistage Florida
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