Peer learning is a low cost, high return development investment that simultaneously delivers business results and develops leaders. Double Helix Learning designs peer learning engagements and facilitates peer learning circles, in person or virtually.
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Jeremy was a participant in an Executive Leader Development Program for high potential managers sponsored by his agency’s succession planning program office. As part of the leader development program, Jeremy and seven of his peers participated in a peer learning circle. The goal of the peer learning circle was to help leaders help each other address individual leadership priorities and challenges, by sharing wisdom, diverse experiences, and ideas.
The group met once a month for two hours. At each meeting, a different group member had the opportunity to present a challenge and ask for help working through it.
Jeremy had unsuccessfully been trying to obtain management approval for an innovative agricultural intiative in his region. Feeling discouraged, he asked the group to help him “convince my supervisor to support my idea.”
Jeremy wanted his manager’s approval to move forward.
In peer learning, as the inquiry process unfolds, the person asking for help often comes to see their initial challenge in a new way – we call this reframing. As the group asked him more questions, Jeremy realized that he had additional sources of power he could use to influence the outcome: other enthusiastic stakeholders.
Jeremy recognized they might be able to help champion his initiative.
Circle members had helped Jeremy reframe his challenge from “persuading my boss” to “using many sources of influence to support the initiative.” He left the peer learning group feeling energized at discovering an approach to present and win approval for the agricultural initiative, and set upon developing a new plan of action to create the ideal opportunity for his boss to hear directly from their broader stakeholder community.
“I am always surprised in how much there are commonalities in us having similar issues. You think you’re the only one going through it, and bam, someone else is going through it.”
“The collective knowledge around this table has struck me in an incredibly significant way.”
“There is such a strength of ideas around this table.”
“Can we meet to discuss this afterward?”
“Can you introduce me to them?”
“What if we got our staffs together to develop this idea?”
“I had never thought of it like that.”
“Your questions really made me think.”
“This is the antithesis of our staff meetings.”
“I didn’t know you guys were working on that.”
“I didn’t know we have that capability.