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 helps leaders and teams reach higher levels of performance. She supports leadership teams as an executive team coach, facilitator, trainer, and advisor.

She and her team also help organizations find and retain the right people through her 4 Phase Executive Search and New Leader Integration Solutions.

Leanne is a certified executive coach and team coach (EMCC); is a certified coach for Birkman Leadership and Career Assessments, has completed training with the Adizes Institute, Tony Robbins coaching, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC), and the Global Team Coaching Institute (GTCI).

Leanne serves clients throughout the US and Canada, ranging in size and industry.

On a personal note, Leanne is an avid reader, aspiring author, student of servant leadership, mother of 2, and loves hockey and skiing. She is expanding her career coaching program to provide support to executives wanting to move up or transition and she recently completed her team coaching practicum under David Clutterbuck and GTCI.

If you are looking to elevate your team, your leadership, or your career, please contact Leanne at or book a no charge consult.

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