Case #2211.0

Tool Kit: "Could it be that...?" A Peer-to-Peer Consultation Exercise

Publication Date: March 4, 2021
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The goal of the Peer-to-Peer Consultation Exercise is to elicit feedback and advice from peers in an open and psychologically safe environment, inviting greater clarity and focus to leadership challenges that peers face. The exercise may be held on its own or within a larger program such as a leadership retreat, as part of strategic planning, or in a variety of other contexts. During the session, participants bring their own leadership challenges to a small group of peers where confidentiality is agreed upon. Peers will help each other define success, identify problems, and begin to formulate next steps for action. They will also strengthen their diagnostic and coaching skills by asking questions that help probe problems, question assumptions, and identify action alternatives.

Tool Kit Contains:

  • Tool Kit Overview 
  • Facilitator Instructions 
  • Leadership Challenge Instructions 
  • Consultation Session Instructions 
  • A slide deck to support the session 
  • A worksheet for presenters to note feedback on the leadership challenge

Learning Objective:

This exercise will encourage participants to:

  • pause, reflect, and apply new strategies to concrete issues in their own work context.
  • learn from their peers and receive specific feedback based on peers’ experiences and insights.
  • strengthen their diagnostic and coaching skills by helping their peers probe problems, challenge assumptions, and identify action alternatives by asking constructive questions; this will not only benefit the presenter, it will help all apply concepts and sharpen your analytic skills.

Other Details

Case Author(s):
Jorrit de Jong, Lisa Cox, Sanderijn Cels
Faculty Leads:
Jorrit de Jong
Pages (incl. exhibits):
Funding Source:
Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative