The Peer Learning Group Model© is based on the principles of Theory U. Theory U proposes that the quality of the results of a social system are a function of the quality of awareness, attention, and/or consciousness of those within the system.
The Peer Learning Group Model© is structured in three main stages that form the U, as shown in the figure below:
- Session 1: exploration through a deep dive into the issue;
- Between Sessions 1 and 2: application of new knowledge or skills through practice; and
- Session 2: reflection that allows the managers to view the initial challenge from a new perspective, and be prepared to respond in the future with new situational “best practices” specific to their organization.
What does The Peer Learning Institute Model© look like?
How Does it Work?
A peer learning group has up to 6 people and meets for two 90-minute sessions every other month to focus on management and leadership challenges of mutual interest to the group members. Each topic follows a unique learning track. Session 1 explores the topic in depth based on peer experiences and adds new ideas as to how the challenge can be handled differently. The participants then practice these new techniques for a period of 3-4 weeks in their own workplace. They return for Session 2 to reflect on their experience in applying their new skills. The explore-practice-reflect cycle can be repeated for as many learning topics as needed.