Build a Deliberately Developmental Organization Through Peer Learning Groups

“The culture of most organizations is not designed for practice; it’s designed for performance. Everyone is trying to look good, display expertise, minimize and hide any mistakes or weaknesses, and demonstrate what they already know and can do well. In a culture of practice, in contrast, everyone is learning and growing.” Robert Kegan and Lisa […]

Leveraging Traditional Training with Workplace Peer Learning

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” Anton Chekhov Training: A Sudden Spike of Information Many organizations use traditional training methods (such as classroom, e-learning and blended learning) for their management development and leadership development programs. The training most likely focuses on general theoretical content. If the training method is participant-based […]

Eight Ways to Engage Managers in Self-Directed Learning

“It’s uncomfortable to challenge the status quo.” – Seth Godin Self-Directed Learning is Powerful In the peer learning group process offered by The Peer Learning Institute, six managers with a shared challenge meet onsite in a self-directed peer learning group for two 90-minute sessions, separated by a month of practice. During those sessions, they follow a […]

Help Your Managers Achieve Higher States through Peer Learning

“Adulthood is not an age, but a stage of knowledge of self.” -John Fowles Adults Are Still Developing Gone are the days when we believed that we stop developing when we reach adulthood. To paraphrase a chapter title from Douglas Coupland’s novel Generation X, we are not “dead at 30, buried at 80.” True, we […]

If You Want to Be A Great Manager and Leader, Slow Down

“Speed is addictive; it undermines nearly everything in life that really matters: quality, compassion, depth, creativity, appreciation and real relationship.”— Tony Schwartz When I first learned about negotiations strategies, one rule stuck with me: “If you want an answer now, it’s “No”. But if you allow me some time to think about it, I may […]

The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety from the Bottom-Up

“Fear is your worst enemy. Risk is your best friend.” -Gurbaksh Chahal Psychological Safety Although the concept has been around for over 50 years, psychological safety owes its recent popularity to Amy Edmondson, a Harvard Business School professor who defines it as “a climate where people feel safe enough to take interpersonal risks by speaking […]

The Power of Peers: How Learning and Thinking Together Change the Workplace

Great Expectations Suzy Aldaine is a brilliant aspiring manager and well-respected information technology engineer who is taking on increasing responsibility for complex projects and multiple teams. Because of her new responsibility, Suzy was elated when she was sent to the prestigious senior management training at the leading business school. For a week, she immersed herself […]

Learning Agile Leaders and Peer Learning Groups

Learning agility Learning agility is defined as the ability and willingness to learn from experience and then apply that learning to perform successfully in new situations. According to the Center of Creative Leadership, in times of change, leaders need to be more agile than ever. Adapting to new business strategies, working across cultures, dealing with […]

Boost Performance to Increase Profits

Improved performance has a direct positive impact on business profits. However, according to the COM-B model, individuals will not improve their performance behavior unless three factors are present: the capability, the opportunity and the motivation to perform at a different or higher level. Capability is the knowledge, skills and abilities to engage in the behavior. […]

How Peer Coaching Boosts Engagement in the Workplace

“External motivation is a form of control.” –Edward Deci Have you ever wondered why we do not have to motivate children to play and we spend a lot of time and effort to motivate employees to perform? The answer may lie in what psychologists call ‘intrinsic motivation’. Intrinsic Motivation Intrinsic motivation occurs when we act […]