A recent survey by the Search Institute into the ‘Power of Social Capital’ reported 4 key findings. One of these was that that participants in a development project had strongest developmental relationships with near-peers.
Near-peers are described as:
I like the idea of a near-peer. By setting up ‘peer learning’ we categorise people into their area of expertise, location, grade, specialism, etc. By creating near-peers, those constraints can be ignored and we can widen the net. Someone with a similar of tenure of experience in an organisation, subject area, job role, etc., can be a near-peer and hierarchical seniority . It diffuses the struggle for control and replaces the baselines we use as cultural markers with new measures that are learning and development based.
Who are your near-peers?
What relationships could you create with people who have similar experience?
How do you find them?