Have you ever been part of a small group of like-minded people who met together, with intentionality, on a regular schedule and for a period of 6-12 months or more? If yes, then you know how the power of community and small groups can be beneficial to members of the group. If not, you really ought to consider giving this a try.
Throughout the last twelve years, I’ve been in at least one peer group at all times. Currently, I meet every Tuesday morning from 6:30 to 8:00 AM with a 12-person group which gathers in an office at the Atlanta Tech Village. This group launched in August and plans to meet for 12 months. Meetings start and end on time and always have a pre-planned agenda. Most sessions begin with each member sharing their business and personal ‘highs and lows’ since the prior meeting. The core of the meeting involves an in-depth, facilitated discussion around relevant topics chosen by the group. These sessions are a highlight of my week. I highly recommend business owners, executives, CPAs, attorneys, and other business leaders be involved in a peer professional group. Here are four benefits you should realize from being in a group:
- Meet other talented and interesting professionals who, individually and as a group, help you become better at what you do.
- Increase your knowledge about your industry, functional work area, and other facets of your work life such as leadership, excellence, effectiveness, efficiency, systems, etc.
- Make strong personal connections that can help you grow your business or organization.
- Satisfaction from making a contribution to group members and to the overall group dynamic.
There are other benefits to being in peer groups beyond just these four. I encourage you to consider forming or joining a group that’s specifically suited to your needs and situation. There’s a great deal of online content you can easily access to help you learn about this age-old concept. Here’s an example from forbes.com: 7 Reasons To Join A Mastermind Group
Want to form or join a group?
JE Moore offers a program that helps professionals who are interested in launching or joining a professional peer group. Visit our Groups page to learn more.