Welcome to the Harvard University
Peer Coaching Initiative
A non-credit professional development opportunity
made possible by the Department of Microbiology and
a grant from the OEDIB's Culture Lab Innovation Fund
Designed for Microbiology Post-Docs who want to:
Develop professional workplace skills like listening, negotiation and collaboration
Get to know and appreciate peers from other parts of the University
Stay more centered and productive during their time at Harvard
The Peer Coaching Initiative allows you to:
Learn the essentials of effective listening and coaching and earn a skills certificate
Build a high-trust relationship with an effective talking partner
(aka “peer coach”)
Talk through challenges with an objective and sympathetic listener
Participants in the 2021 Pilot said:
These skills matter in my professional life
The skills practiced in Peer Coaching were very transferable to other environments.
An amazing opportunity to get to know yourself and practice a structured framework which helps you support others.
It's an enjoyable way to become a better human being!
This is not a high time commitment, but very high value.
Here is how it works:
...to apply to be in the program, to help us find you a great talking partner, and to help us evaluate program impact.
Just click "register" below!
Watch, read and respond (about 1 hour) so that you can
1. Learn the principles of effective peer coaching
2. Set goals for yourself, both as a coach and coachee
watch a live demo and practice
Join your cohort in a safe and confidential setting so that you can
1. Meet each other
2. See a "learning conversation" (aka "convu") in action
3. Try it out for yourself
coach and be coached
Meet your talking partner once a week
for one hour -- at a time and place of your choosing
1. Talk through your most pressing challenges and opportunities
2. Help your peer coach do the same
3. Briefly reflect and give each other feedback
share insights and get support
Join three or more of the 75 minute group check-in sessions offered on a weekly basis.
1. Reflect on what you and others are learning
2. Learn how to handle the interesting challenges that come up
Give us your feedback
Complete a survey to help you reflect on your experience and help us keep improving the Harvard University Peer Coaching Initiative