Peer Development

Pattern 2.1: Ask For Help

A simple protocol for learning, skill sharing, and building connections, with respect for people’s autonomy.

Ask someone, “would you be willing to help me with …?” The person asked answers with a simple “yes” or “no“.

  • if the request is declined, the person asking accepts the answer without negotiation or inquiry
  • if the request is unclear, inquire for more information
  • if you accept a request for help, support your peer in the best way you can

Pattern 2.2: Peer Feedback

Invite a peer to give you some constructive feedback on:

  • performance in a role
  • general feedback about your participation and collaboration
  • any specific aspect you may be interested in


  • ask peers to take some time to prepare
  • invite both appreciations and actionable improvement suggestions
  • inquire to better understand the feedback, and avoid to discuss or judge it
  • decide for yourself what you will do with the feedback

Pattern 2.3: Effectiveness Review

People support each other to learn and grow in the roles, teams and circles they serve.

The individual holding the role – or the team or circle – initiates the process and speaks first in each step.

Invite people with complementing perspectives to contribute to the review, and a facilitator.

Improvement suggestions apply to personal development, collaboration, updates to domain description and driver statement.

Continuous improvement of people’s ability to effectively fulfill roles or collaborate together in groups (or teams and circles)

Pattern 2.4: Development Plan (for an Individual or Group)

An agreement supporting people to more effectively collaborate as a group or fulfill a role.


  • current domain description
  • appreciations
  • actionable improvement suggestions
  • evaluation criteria
  • suggested amendments to domain description and driver statement

Acting on development plans is an integral part of the strategy of people in roles, and of groups.

Template for Development Plan

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