Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and dedicated supporter of Flerish has this to say about networking:
Think about some of your happiest memories. Were you alone? Or were you surrounded by friends and family? Think about some of your most adventurous, stimulating experiences. Were you alone or with others?
Building relationships should be fun… We get excited at the prospect of working with others – it enlarges the sense of what’s possible and expands the box in which we think.
Building relationships is the thrilling if delicate quest to at once understand another person and allow that person to understand you.
With his enthusiasm for relationship building, Reid helps us understand the power of Peer-to-Peer Coaching. The YouFlerish Network function can adjust to meet your needs; whether you want an intimate one-to-one with a peer or a place for a group of your peers to share their voices of support, this network flexes accordingly.
The benefits of Peer-to-Peer Coaching come from your engagement through powerful interactions with leaders who are focused on sharing their insights with you and the rest of the team. It has been shown that this style of leadership development provides impact that can exceed what’s possible beyond traditional one-on-one coaching. By asking for support from your peer group and creating a safe place for exploration, you’ll build foundational skills for all areas of your personal growth.
As the leader of this network, you will define its purpose, size, shape, membership criteria, desired outcomes and norms. Peer-to-Peer Coaching networks are living organisms and they are great for strengthening rapport among friends and colleagues.
Strive for diversity of cultural backgrounds and points of view. Be sure to make your network a psychologically safe place so everyone’s contributions are respected. People first, always.
What you will generate from your Peer-to-Peer Coaching network may become the basis of foundational change in behaviors and skills for you and the participants. In addition, you will also find improvements in your accountability, support network and personal discovery sessions, to name a few outcomes.
Who will you invite to this transformative network?