Let’s Make Sure This Is For You
You are a good candidate for GAMA Circles if:
- You are a leader in the insurance, investment, and financial services industry
- You love to learn through the experiences of others and teach by sharing your own
- You value deep conversations and meaningful relationships
- You believe becoming a better leader will help you grow your business
- You want to connect with others who feel the same way
- You are invested in building the broader GAMA community
What Is A Circle?
A circle is a carefully matched and guided group of 6-8 peers. Keep reading and we’ll tell you why so many leaders have peer groups. And we’ll explain how it works and what’s involved. Then the next step will be for you to take five minutes to apply so that we can try to match you with other great leaders in our community.
You might want to start with this video from the Circles team.
How Does It Work?
A circle is a group of 8 peers who are carefully matched to pursue shared objectives. Each circle has a guide who shows you how to run a meeting, share challenges and learn from each other. Eventually, they fade into the background as your group bonds.
- Meet online once every two weeks for 90 minutes in a purpose built video room
- Follow rules and norms that make the meetings both structured and impactful
- Continue to connect in between meetings through a private online forum
- Pursue a theme together like “Women in Financial Services”
- Share and continually refine individual challenges within the theme
- Maintain confidentiality to encourage deep conversations
Why Should You Care?
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 $15,000 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.
What Will You Get Out of This?
Here are a few likely outcomes:
- A personal advisory board of experienced peers who help solve problems
- New approaches to learning that will help you master skills
- A confidential forum to discuss issues you can’t comfortably share with colleagues or even family and friends
- Access to diverse viewpoints about your most important challenges
- Deep new relationships that will become important to your personal network
- Improvement with storytelling, listening, feedback, learning, problem-solving, and other “soft” skills
What Are The Topics?
We’ll launch five test circles:
3. Learning Leaders
4. Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LoTT)
5. International Chapter
The common theme is “becoming a better leader." Within a theme, each member will have their own personal challenges and goals. Sometimes, a circle decides to sign up for external courses that have a fixed curriculum. But more often, the group will create the curriculum in real-time to address common or specific challenges. Members share resources with each other in a private online forum. And the guide and Circles and GAMA teams may share pieces of content relevant to your issues.
This is not about academic learning. You work on real challenges, professional and personal.
The Team, Science and Philosophy Behind Circles
Circles is part of a new movement in training. To sum it up, the idea is that we learn better in circles than in rows. Daniel Hoffman started Circles as a new company to figure out a way for the power of peer learning to scale. He recruited some help:
Nielson’s Chief Neuroscientist Carl Marci brings neuroscience-based learning techniques and recent research showing how adults can rewire their surprisingly plastic brains.
Chess champion and martial arts champion Josh Waitzkin blends this science with the practical wisdom he gained from achieving top performance in two diverse disciplines.
Motorola’s legendary Chief Learning Officer Bill Wiggenhorn and founder of University of Pennsylvania’s Chief Learning Officer Master’s Degree Program Doug Lynch add expertise in how modern corporations can leapfrog
schools in applying these techniques.
Verne Harnish, founder of peer-group focused EO, is a leader in learning for businesses that are scaling up fast. Charles Fadell, based at the Harvard Ed School, author of “21st Century Skills” and “4-Dimensional
Learning” has contributed a framework to target the truly impactful skills that translate into success.
Mo Fathelbab, author of Forum: The Secret Advantage of Leaders, Shirzad Chamine, author of Positive Intelligence, and Kayley Klemp, author of Drama-Free Office are all
collaborating to hone the Circles peer discussion processes.
Philip Schmidt of MIT Media Lab, has demonstrated at P2P University how peer groups can raise the completion rates of online courses from 3% to over 50%.
Sean Duffy, CEO of Omada Health, places thousands of diagnosed pre-diabetic patients in peer groups each week. In double-blind studies,Sean has proven that peer groups are more effective than any other treatment on the market
to produce the behavioral changes needed to prevent diabetes.
We have many other sources of inspiration including social learning, active learning, communities of practice, the Harkness Method, and the list goes on. Our philosophy is to share what we are learning openly, in the hopes of contributing to a
transformational update to training systems around the world – helping individuals achieve their full potential in order to meet humanity’s increasing challenges.
Brain science PhD, Entrepreneur, Philosopher
Small-group dynamics and leadership development expert
Peer group and learning innovation, MIT Media Lab
EO Founder, Entrepreneur, Bestseller, Scale up expert
How Much Does It Cost To Join?
You are eligible to join a test circle at no cost for 16 weeks.. We have not set pricing for future GAMA Circles, but we are working hard to make it both low-cost and impactful. We estimate the cost will be about 1/10th of the approximately $10,000 that CEOs pay for YPO – around $80/month. Eventually, we will ask if you are willing to pay to continue. Think of it as a training expense. After all, your personal growth has a multiplier impact on your company.
Are you ready to connect with like-minded GAMA leaders to grow your business? Answer a few basic questions and we will get back to you as soon as we have matched you with a peer circle.