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Peer Power – Capitalizing on Group Learning

Best Seller TV, the only show dedicated to covering today’s best-selling business books on C-Suite TV,  is announcing a new episode featuring Leo Bottary, author of Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High Performing Teams.

Bottary discovered the concept of group learning during graduate school. While in a room with mid-to-senior level executives, he realized everyone had amassed a wealth of knowledge that was there for the taking. That scenario became a catapult for the power of collective learning, writing several books about the importance of peers, and even starting a podcast.

Peers, he says, are important to assess and develop high performing teams within any organization. In fact, there are 5 factors that are common to that type of team and those are:

  1. Having the right people
  2. Psychological safety
  3. Productivity
  4. Accountability
  5. Leadership

He focused on the second factor because leaders should be thinking about fostering an environment in which these high performing individuals have the ability to speak up, speak out, and take risks without fear of consequences. Having that security in place allows for continued innovation and greater results.

Bottary says that “the five factors are a framework, not a prescription” and advises that every leader should know their organizations better and identify what will work well within their culture.

As a sports fan, Bottary cites an example of knowing what works for the organization by mentioning the famed head coach of the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team, Geno Auriemma. As one of the most successful sports programs in the country, men’s or women’s, Coach Auriemma credits the team’s success with finding those players who are great teammates, not just talented, and creating a culture of accountability.

The same principle should apply to corporations everywhere. Every organization needs to determine what the “it” factor is and what creates success. Bottary encourages leaders struggling to find the “it” factor to use their biggest asset: current team members. Once they ask their teams, Bottary says, leaders experience one of the biggest learning moments as a result.


All episodes of Best Seller TV air on C-Suite TV and are hosted by TV personality, Taryn Winter Brill.

Best-selling author, speaker, and former Fortune 100 CMO Jeffrey Hayzlett created Best Seller TV to give top-tier business authors a forum for sharing thought-provoking insights, in-depth business analysis, and their compelling personal narratives.

“Your people are your most important resource. Trust them to be honest with you because leaders don’t always have all the answers,” Hayzlett said. “As leaders, we often focus on working ON the business, not IN the business. Those in the trenches can teach you almost as much as you can teach them. Leo has a finger on the pulse, so watch the episode to gain key insights about the importance of peers and what you can learn from them.”

For more information on TV episodes, visit www.csuiteold.c-suitenetwork.com/tv and for more information about the authors featured in Best Seller TV episodes, visit www.c-suitebookclub.com.

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