"Why Do So Many Business Leaders Have Peer Groups? Over 100,000 CEOs and business owners spend more than a day each month with forums organized by Young President’s Organization, Entrepreneur’s Organization, Vistage and similar organizations. These groups cost $5,000 to $10,000 a year and up. Why?
Peer groups help members solve problems, save them from reinventing wheels, and amplify knowledge and networks. A peer group becomes something like workout buddies so you can overcome obstacles, stick with a program, and sustain change. Even though we are linked to more people than ever, we are increasingly isolated. Confiding in a group of peers is fulfilling even as it is worthwhile. It can connect friendship, learning, and earning.
We would carefully match you in a peer group of 7 other entrepreneurs who have similar goals and challenges as you. Over the course of 16 weeks you will meet in our video meeting room 8 times and work on those challenges with each other. Each circle has a guide who shows you how to run a meeting, set goals and learn from each other. Sixteen weeks later you emerge as a stronger founder, better learner, and possess a larger network of people from whom you can draw upon for support (or in your case, a place to crash).
We’ve been workshopping the product and process with other founders and have seen some awesome results so far. Our learning methodology has been developed in partnership with some real pioneers in the field and we’ve built an advisory board of CEOs and thought leaders from organizations like YPO, General Assembly, MIT Media Lab, The Aspen Institute, and The Center for Curriculum Re-design at Harvard University."
I said in a different post that the main reason kids from rough neighborhoods don't get into Harvard is they haven't heard of it. The second reason may be a list of other things, but without solving that rather easy to solve first problem, nothing else can happen. On a different level, they are many questions and tips students just don't know. "Common knowledge is not so common." A virtual automated assistant would be a great idea!
A very quantitative / analytical way of looking at it. Open spaces are great for certain people and terrible for others. Cubicles are great for some and terrible for others. Recent research shows open spaces are terrible and other research shows they are great. I believe it depends on who the space is for and what they are using it for. Don't fall into the trap of reading a few reports from a one viewpoint and thinking they are infallible.