What to Expect From a Peer Group

November 23, 2015 08:00 PM
What to Expect From a Peer Group

Confidential peer groups evaluate tough questions 

None of us is as smart as all of us. That’s the reason a trusting and confidential peer group can be a powerful process for innovation and for helping with opportunities, problems, challenges and issues of all sizes.  

Mike Richardson is in his second decade of facilitating CEO peer groups. Speaking from experience, Richardson says, farmers should expect the following characteristics from a good peer group. 

  • Care-frontation: We confront each other directly because we care.
  • Questioning Answers: We question answers, assumptions and beliefs that drive behaviors and habits.  
  • Blind Spots, Hot Spots and Soft Spots: We shine a light into members’ blind spots, we help members cool down their emotional hot spots and we harden their soft spots while softening hard spots and sharp edges.
  • Processing Issues: The core purpose of the group is processing issues members bring, tapping into the power of the peer group context we are describing. In particular, we are at our most powerful when we are processing what I call wheel spin issues. These are the most perplexing and challenging issues members face, those on which they have been spinning their wheels for some time. Despite numerous different attempts, they are struggling to get traction.


Interested in Joining a Peer Group?

Farm Journal’s Top Producer Executive Network™ (TPEN) is a strategic executive-level peer group program that provides producers with new, vital perspective from a brain trust of participants working together for the benefit of each operation.  The program facilitates group teamwork to identify effective ways to solve today’s farming operation challenge, generates executable ideas and provides accountability expectations for each member.  For more information, contact Lindsey Young at lyoung@farmjournal.com or 888-605-7138.


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