“I think that any time of great pain is a time of transformation, a fertile time to plant new seeds.” Debbie Ford
New Reality, New Values
The Barrett Values Center recently researched the effects of Covid-19. It found that if organizations wanted to recover and succeed, they needed to value teamwork, adaptability, agility, and cross-group collaboration. Peer learning groups are a natural starting point for this values transformation.
Teamwork is the willingness of a group of people to work together to achieve a common aim. The managers in the peer learning group work together to determine a better way to handle a shared management challenge.
Cross-Group Collaboration involves a group of people from different areas of expertise working together to achieve a common goal. The peer learning group members are drawn from different areas of the organization and collaborate as they learn together.
Adaptability is the ability to change in order to suit a new situation. The peer learning group members are committed to changing their management behavior to be more effective in current and future situations.
Agility is the ability and willingness to learn from experience and apply that learning in new situations. The peer learning group members share their knowledge and experience, and learn new techniques they will apply during a month of practice.
As bad as the pandemic is, it offers an opportunity for organizations to re-evaluate what is really important and create a more friendly and collaborative environment that helps them to achieve their goals with less effort and personal strain.
The focus and structure of peer learning groups support and enhance the values necessary for individual and organizational recovery and success.
Question: Do your managers need help developing the values necessary for your organization to recover and/or succeed?
Deborah Laurel, Chief Learning Officer, The Peer Learning Institute
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