CAI’s Peer Learning Recruiter, Jennifer Montalvo, shares the many benefits of collaborative learning in today’s post.
Whatever the phrase you choose: Masterminds, Power Circles or Peer Learning Groups, professionals are realizing that joining forces with others increases their ability to attain their goals.
According to Mia Taylor’s recent article on MainStreet.com, Why Women Entrepreneurs Love New “Power Circles” Concept, where you meet, whether in a traditional group setting or virtually through an online community, is not as relevant as the genuine support that you receive as a participant. Members of these circles find power through the following:
FACILITATION & SCHEDULED MEETINGS: Having set times to meet and a facilitator to drive conversations forward while seeking resolutions allows members to really get to know and trust one another. This also creates an environment of safety and encouragement to step out of his or her comfort zone and engage in deep reflection.
AUTHENTICITY & STRENGTH: There is power in joining forces and finding support with other peers. When relationships are formed and trust is present, members are encouraged to dig deep, find their vision and pave a path to accomplish their goals. Conversations become authentic rather than superficial. They are able to draw from the strengths and experiences of others and solve problems.
CONFIDENCE & CLARITY: Members are continuously reaping the rewards of these groups with increased knowledge and understanding of their field as well as the insight into “what comes next” in their professional path. Members have been known to walk away from meetings stating they have never been so inspired due to the perspective and experience of others.
Relationships are the currency in this economy of professional peers. The value they find lies in each individual who is committed to contribute on a reoccurring basis. In the end, members who may have been alone or isolated in their workplace are able to build partnerships, collaborate and strengthen alliances due to the power of their circle of peers.
If you would like more information regarding Peer Learning Groups offered here at CAI, please contact Jennifer Montalvo at 919-431-6093 or Jennifer.Montalvo@capital.org. If you are interested in learning about CAI’s online community myCAI, please contact Jamie Roberts, CAI’s Virtual Peer Community Leader, at Jamie.Roberts@capital.org.