One on one coaching is necessary, powerful, but also limited.
In a room or on a Zoom call with your coach, you can make a lot of progress. But let’s face it: most of the real work will be done by you outside those talks, and the coach can’t see you as you work things out.
In a peer group, led by a coach, you develop a deeper insight into yourself.
As the person across the table works out an issue he or she has been struggling with, you’ll be working out your version of the problem at the same time. “The deeper insight.” Mark says “will give you an awareness of your impact on other people in teams. Increase your awareness of the behavior of others, assess the positive or negative impact it may have, and – if necessary – develop the ability to influence change.”
You’ll uncover blind spots by seeing yourself as others see you.
In a peer group, you have the opportunity to receive honest feedback of your impact on other people and learn to give effective, and perhaps difficult, feedback in a team setting.
You’ll strengthen your ability to “change your mind,” literally undoing the stories you’ve been telling yourself since you were a child, and rebuilding a strong and transformative new sense of self and the ability to identify and switch mindsets for best performance.
And the research proves the power of the pack: according to the MITSloan Management Review 2019 Workforce Purpose Index, people who participate in peer coaching are 65% more likely to feel fulfilled at work. They are 67% more likely to be a top performer. And they also are 73% more likely to feel a sense of belonging.
So get into a peer coaching group.