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028 The Magic of Peer Mentoring and Peer Advantage with Leo Bottary- Part 2 of a 2 Part Series

 In this episode, Christina Martini and Leo Bottary discuss:

  • How do you know when a formal peer group is a good fit and when it isn’t?
  • Let’s get personal – can you share some of the most significant peer group experiences you have had – both positive and negative?
  • What are some of the biggest takeaways you have from your experiences doing this work?
  • You have now written 2 books – The Power of Peers and What Anyone Can Do. Tell us about them and what made you decide to write them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Each person in your life contributes to you in different ways.
  • It’s easier to prepare for something if you have someone along the way pushing you through.
  • Asking others for help holds you accountable to accomplish your goal.
  • Take a goal and break it into smaller pieces for smaller victories along the way.

“You realize how powerful it is that you actually complete your goal instead of just getting 70% of the way there.” — Leo Bottary


About Leo Bottary:

Leo Bottary is a keynote speaker, author, workshop facilitator, adjunct professor, and thought leader on the topic of peer advantage. Peer influence is something you’ve experienced for your entire life, often without a great deal of thought or effort.  Peer advantage is what can be realized when you engage your peers in a manner that’s more selective, strategic, and structured.  If you want to grow as an individual, collaborate more effectively, become a better leader, and prepare your organization to meet the challenges of the future, then enlist a group of peers you respect and who are committed to the same goals and watch what happens!

During his tenure at Vistage Worldwide, Leo directed a thought leadership initiative on the power of peers in business, which resulted in a book he coauthored with Leon Shapiro titled:  The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success. The premise of the book is as simple as it is powerful. Who you surround yourself with matters and, because of this, business leaders can help each other in ways they just won’t find anywhere else. It’s essentially provides a look into how and why formal peer groups are so powerful.

Leo’s new book (to be published and released in September) is titled: What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth. With the help of Leo’s Year of the Peer podcast guests (and illustrations by Ryan Foland), you’ll discover that success isn’t enjoyed only by people possessing superhuman qualities; it’s also realized by those who enlist the support of others to help them do the things anyone can do that most of us never will. The narrative steps outside the formal peer group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and how if we enlisted their support more frequently and pointedly, we would all do the things anyone can do far more often.


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Connect with Christina Martini:

Twitter: @TinaMartini10


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Show notes by Podcastologist: Jessie Taylor

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About the author, Christina Martini

For nearly 25 years, Christina (Tina) Martini has been an intellectual property attorney practicing in BigLaw. Tina is a partner at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery and focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark and copyright law, as well as domain name, Internet, social media, advertising and unfair competition law.

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