Build a Strong Peer Network to Boost Your Career

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Getting to the top of your field is easier with a strong peer network. A group of trusted colleagues – or a “mastermind group” – can provide feedback, share insights, and support you when you need it most.

Here’s how to create one:

Decide who you want in it. It can be a mix of professions or people from the same industry. More diversity will make the group more valuable. But vet candidates carefully – “firing” someone once they’re a member can be awkward.

Set ground rules. Be clear about the group’s goals and values. For example, decide whether discussions are confidential and whether referral fees are appropriate when members send each other new business.

Develop a structure. How often will you meet? How will you communicate? And when is a break from your structure warranted? In situations like a new job opportunity or a family crisis, the entire conversation can be used to provide invaluable support.

Adapted from “Create a Mastermind Group to Help Your Career,” by Dorie Clark.

The Author

Leanne Abraham is a long-time student of helping leaders and teams learn, develop, and perform. She has supported teams as an executive leader, facilitator, advisor, process guide, and more recently as a leadership team coach. She and her team have also worked extensively to help teams effectively add the right people through her 4 Phase Executive Search and New Leader Integration Solutions.

Leanne mostly serves clients from San Diego to Vancouver, but also throughout the US and Canada, ranging in size and industry focus.

Leanne is a certified executive coach and team coach (EMCC); has completed extensive training with Dr. Adizes at the Adizes Institute, The Birkman Method, EMCC, and the Global Team Coaching Institute (GTCI); is an avid reader and practitioner of leadership development; and is currently completing her team coach practicum under David Clutterbuck with the GTCI.

If you are looking to grow or transform your team, your leadership, or your career, please contact Leanne direct at or book a no charge consult through the Premierehire website.


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